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.

Workshops for Technology Fee Assistance 

Should you need assistance with the technology needs of your proposal, you may attend one of the ITS Tech Fee Workshops before submitting your proposal for review. They are scheduled as follows:

Call for Systemic/ITEP Proposals for Technology Fee funding

Systemic Project Proposals
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 percent (70%) of Technology Fee revenues are allocated for funding Systemic Projects.

The following are specifically excluded:

  • Administrative information systems;
  • Technology Support for administrators;
  • Business process improvements; or
  • Administrative reporting functions.

Submitting a Systemic Project Proposal

  • Please review the 'Guiding Principles for Use of Technology Fee Funds' before submitting a request.
  • Draft your proposal using the required 'Cover + Systemic Template'. The first page contains additional details regarding the requirement that ITS review your proposal before submission.
  • Include the JIRA Ticket ID# in your proposal to indicate you have completed the ITS review process.
  • Attach additional documentation as needed (.e.g. quote for equipment, detailed hardware specifications, etc.).
  • Finalize your proposal (Systemic proposals require Unit Head signatures).
  • Email completed proposals to Brian Whitney (bwhitney@uwf.edu) by the deadline.
    • A copy sent to your department head/dean is also suggested.
  • Submission Deadline - Friday, February 10, 2017 (5:00 pm).
Instructional Technology Enhancement Project Proposals
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.

The following are specifically excluded:

  • Administrative information systems;
  • Technology Support for administrators;
  • Business process improvements; or
  • Administrative reporting functions.

Submitting a Systemic Project Proposal

  • Please review the 'Guiding Principles for Use of Technology Fee Funds' before submitting a request.
  • Draft your proposal using the required 'Cover + ITEP Template'. The first page contains additional details regarding the requirement that ITS review your proposal before submission.
  • Include the JIRA Ticket ID# in your proposal to indicate you have completed the ITS review process.
  • Attach additional documentation as needed (e.g. quote for equipment, detailed hardware specifications, etc.).
  • Finalize your proposal.
  • Email completed proposals to Brian Whitney (bwhitney@uwf.edu) by the deadline.
    • A copy sent to your department head/dean is also suggested.
  • Submission Deadline - Friday, February 10, 2017 (5:00 pm).
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