Collected technology fee funds are used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty.
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.
Types of Technology Fee Projects
UWF Technology Fees are used to fund two categories of projects: Systemic Projects and Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEP).
- 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 (ITEP) are focused projects proposed by an individual or small team with the intention of exploring new applications of instructional technology. ITEP will typically be led by a faculty “principal investigator.” ITEP 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 ITEP.
2020 Call for Technology Fee Project Proposals
Proposals are now being accepted for projects to be funded from the Technology Fee. The purpose of the Technology Fee, as defined by Florida Statutes, is to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty. Projects funded by this fee fall into two categories, Systemic Projects or Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEP).
This year, only Systemic Project Proposals are being accepted. ITEP proposals will be accepted every other year beginning in 2021.
To ensure that technology standards and other considerations are addressed, all proposals require ITS review prior to submission. Please see below for additional details, requirements, and appropriate templates for submitting a Systemic Project Proposal. Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Office of the Provost, c/o Brian Whitney (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2020.
Summary of Steps for Submitting a Technology Fee Project Proposal
- Review the 'Guiding Principles for Use of Technology Fee Funds' for additional information.
- Draft your proposal using the required template;
- Submit a 'Technology Fee ITS Review JIRA Ticket' requesting ITS review your proposal;
- Include the JIRA Ticket # in your proposal to indicate you have completed this step;
- Finalize your proposal (Systemic proposals require Unit Head signature);
- Email your proposal to Brian Whitney (email@example.com) by the deadline.
- A copy should also be sent to your department head and/or dean.