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UF Drops Computer Science Dept to fund Athletics


http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2012/04/22/university-of-florida-eliminates-computer-science-department-increases-athletic-budgets-hmm/

Now we know which is more important at UF/SEC

Wow, no one saw this coming. 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.

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?

Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $99 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year. The increase alone would more than offset the savings supposedly gained by cutting computer science.

Now, I’m not saying that UF has chosen football over science. (Imagine the outcry, though, if UF cut a major sport instead of a major science department.

Maryland didn't escape the comments....


Steven Salzberg, Contributor 20 hours ago

The president of the University of Florida is Bernard Machen. I’m not giving him a pass either. He’s out of his mind to allow this to happen. Perhaps he will wake up as a result of the protests.

And really now – I’m afraid to take a shot at my fellow academics? Did you read any of my articles criticizing my own university president (at the time) at the University of Maryland, Wallace Loh, over his bone-headed decision to pay $2 million to buy out the old football coach so he could hire a new one? Check it out here:
http://genome.fieldofscience.com/2011/11/football-has-corrupted-americas.html
And you can also check out my critique of the Dean of Medicine, Albert Reece, at U. Maryland Medicine (also written while I was at U Maryland):
http://genome.fieldofscience.com/2010/08/acupuncture-infiltrates-university-of.html
for his support of pseudoscientific nonsense.

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