Instructional Planning and Administration (IPA) is a UC Davis-developed web application designed to make all aspects of academic scheduling faster and easier. IPA can analyze historical enrollment trends to help you decide how many seats are needed for future course offerings. It can collect instructor and teaching assistant preferences and help quickly determine who can teach what class. It can help you better understand the costs associated with your academic planning and help ensure a clearer understanding of your scheduling data.
Full support for the Banner SIS system and can import course and instructor workload data from the system automatically to help you get started.
E-mails notices and reminders can be automatically sent to collect instructional workload information: teaching preferences, sabbaticals, course buy-outs, and more.
Census snapshot information is automatically provided as you plan to show you how course enrollments are changing with time.
Filter and splice activity data as needed to determine how instructor availabilities, courses, and tracts overlap with one another.
IPA grew out of the needs of the academic coordinators on the UC Davis campus. It was envisioned by the UC Davis Administrative Application Development Initiative (AADI) and designed in conjunction with a volunteer committee made up of staff members from many departments on campus. Product design and development was performed by the DSS IT Developers Group.
The first public release of IPA was on Friday, September 9, 2016. It was tested while in development the previous two and a half years.