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University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department

DustyShadow (691635) writes | about 2 years ago

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DustyShadow (691635) writes "The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million. The school is eliminating all funding for teaching assistants in computer science, cutting the graduate and research programs entirely, and moving the tattered remnants into other departments. Students at UF have already organized protests, and have created a website dedicated to saving the CS department. Several distinguished computer scientists have written to the president of UF to express their concerns, in very blunt terms. Prof. Zvi Galil, Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech, is “amazed, shocked, and angered.” Prof. S.N. Maheshwari, former Dean of Engineering at IIT Delhi, calls this move “outrageously wrong.” Computer scientist Carl de Boor, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and winner of the 2003 National Medal of Science, asked the UF president “What were you thinking?”"
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And meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39767419)

They're also increasing the athletic budget to $99 million per year, which is, wait for it... a $2m/yr increase.

Just, wow.

Administrators dont value CS research? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39767435)

I read that the dept. generates the most income for the college. Yet it is being dismantled. The blame goes not just to that dean but all the way up to the state legislature for making budgets cuts. And while they cut $300 million on higher education, they have proposed to create a new public university. So a top public university suffers and its CS dept, that took decades to establish perishes due to budget cuts, while a they find enough money to build another school. What is happening in Florida?
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