Technology Fee

Background Information on the Technology Fee

In 2007, the Florida Legislature amended Florida Statutes section 1009.24 to establish a “technology fee of up to 5 percent of the tuition per credit hour, beginning with the fall term of the 2009-2010 academic year. The revenue from this fee shall be used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty. The technology fee shall not be included in any award under the Florida Bright Futures Program.”

The Provost appointed a committee to study the technology fee and to make recommendations on the amount and use of the fee. The Board of Trustees at its June 2009 meeting established the amount of the technology fee at UWF as the full 5% for undergraduate courses and an equal dollar amount for graduate courses beginning Fall 2009.

UWF Technology Fees will be used to fund two categories of projects: Systemic Projects and Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEPs).

Systemic Projects are projects proposed by operational units of the university (e.g., colleges, academic departments, Library, etc.) for instructional technology enhancements of unit-wide or university-wide scope. Seventy (70%) of Technology Fee revenues are allocated for funding Systemic Projects.

Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEPs) are focused projects proposed by an individual or small team with the intention of exploring new applications of instructional technology. ITEPs will typically be led by a faculty “principal investigator.” ITEPs are time-limited projects (up to two years in length) and allocations of Technology Fee funds to these projects are non-recurring. Thirty percent (30%) of Technology Fee revenues are allocated for awarding to ITEPs.

List of funded Technology Fee projects

Before Submitting a Technology Fee Proposal

All Proposals Require ITS Review Prior to Submission

  • ITS reviews all ITEP/Systemic Technology Fee proposals to ensure that technology standards and other considerations are addressed.
  • Previously, this step was done after a proposal was submitted.
  • Beginning this review cycle, all project proposals are required to be reviewed by ITS prior to being submitted for funding consideration.
  • Proposals that are submitted without ITS review will not be considered.

Requesting ITS Review

  • To request ITS review the technology needs related to your project, you will need to submit a ‘Technology Fee ITS Review JIRA Ticket’.
  • Tech Fee Proposal JIRA tickets can be submitted from the 'Service Desks' app in MyUWF (Search for 'Technology Fee').
  • Once ITS has concluded its review/consultation, you will be notified via email.
  • The JIRA Ticket ID# must be included as part of your proposal indicating ITS review has been completed.
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