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.
Technology Fee Call for Proposals Postponed to AY 2021-2022
As we look ahead to the Spring semester and beyond, the University continues to face many challenges and uncertainties as a result of changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, this year I am forgoing a Call for Proposals for projects to be funded from the Technology Fee. Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the uncertain budget outlook, I am convinced that the proper course of action at this time is to reserve these funds for crucial instructional technology support for faculty and students as allowed.
The purpose of the Technology Fee, as defined by Florida Statutes, is to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty. Any use of this funding over the coming months must, and will, adhere to the guiding principles for using Technology Fee funds. By pausing our normal allocation process, we will be better prepared to meet obstacles that might arise in the Technology Fee area.
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