April 23, 2012, 10:53 AM —
UF cuts $1.7 million Computer Sciences department, boosts athletic budget $2 million to $99 million.
Florida, hard hit by the Great Recession, slashed university funding. The University of Florida, dealing with a 30 percent budget cut over the past six years, decided to "defund" their Computer Science department. This will save $1.7 million. Supposedly, this has no relation to the addition of $2 million to the budget of the athletic department.
Outrage abounds, and of course the CS proponents put up a website. Just two days before Florida governor Rick Scott announced the UF cuts, he announced the creation of the new Florida Polytechnic University, near Tampa. That school's goal? To help boost the number of Florida graduates in such areas as computer science.
I went to UF.