Monday, April 23, 2012

Florida Vindicates All The Worst Cliche's About The Southeastern Conference

Let’s get this straight: in the midst of a technology revolution, with a shortage of engineers and computer scientists, UF decides to cut computer science completely?

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?”

(Note to the students, if you need more quotes for your site: I think this move is shockingly short-sighted.  The University of Florida is moving backwards while the rest of the world moves ahead.)
Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $99 million, $97.7 million, an increase of more than $700,000 from last year.  The increase alone would almost offset the savings supposedly gained by cutting computer science.
I'd be willing to bet that the Women's Studies and Gender Research programs are flourishing. The African American studies program is probably humming along too. Lots of jobs out there that just can't wait for graduates from those disciplines.

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