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Instructional Activity System

The Instructional Activity System (IAS) is used by the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) to report on credit-based instruction on the campus. It is a joint effort with the Registrar's Office to ensure that information about course instructors is accurate and up-to-date and that every course section has an assigned instructor (in order for online grading to work).

Course information from Spire is linked with personnel data from the Human Resources system. This enables OIR to associate instructors with the department or program to which they are budgeted. Information from IAS is used to produce a variety of management reports including the following Departmental Profile tables:

Instructor Assignment Review and Update (IAS Collection)

The review and update procedure is done using SPIREMetrx and the Class Automated Proposal System (CAPS), also in SPIRE. All updates should be completed one week after the add/drop date. Departments are asked to do the following:

  1. Using SPIREMetrx (under Academic Records -> UM Reports), review the names, campus ID numbers and instructor roles of all individuals who provide face-to-face instruction in a class section, as well as information about the printing of instructor names in the schedule and instructor access to grade rosters.
  2. Using CAPS, update and confirm all information related to every course and section offered by the department. Changes will be reflected in UMetrx on the following day.

SPIREMetrx IAS Review Instructions
Guidelines for Assigning Instructor Roles

IAS Verification

Verification occurs after all CAPS updates are completed. Departments have the opportunity to make a final review of their data, in particular instructor roles, before Departmental Profile tables are produced.

Verification Guidelines and Table Descriptions