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Schools under the University System of Georgia's purview -- including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech -- have online collaborative degree programs in which students can enroll in courses at other USG schools and attend online. In 2010, USG, governed by the Georgia Board of Regents, developed and rolled out INGRESS (Intra-Georgia Registration Sharing System), a middleware app integrated with USG's existing student information system (SIS) and its online learning management system (LMS) to automate sharing course registrations across schools. As students register in a SIS for online courses, INGRESS balances the available seats across USG schools. As students register for and/or drop courses, INGRESS adjusts the available seats in the SIS and removes enrollments from the LMS. INGRESS also helps administrators manage registration, attendance and grades data across all schools on one platform.
Before INGRESS, if a student wanted to take an online course at another school, he or she would need to apply and register as a transient student. INGRESS eliminates unnecessary processes and automates others -- students register for online courses and credit is automatically applied to their degree programs. As of this summer, 17 USG schools are using INGRESS for registration across different schools.