University of Florida fumbles Computer Science budget to athletics

By , ITworld |  IT Management, budget, computer science

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.

Crazy

The Administration is insane! This will deal a severe blow to UF’s Engineering program.
Leor Amikam on forbes.com

That will do wonders for UF employment/salary stats.
ahi on news.ycombinator.com

WTF is going on here? Is UF losing sight of what is a PRIORITY?
Giancarlo Panini on forbes.com

Personal

Guess who just switched into UF's Computer Science department this past semester?
I2ain on reddit.com

I'd call the dean of every top 30 CS program in the country and personally ask him/her about transferring into their programs. Turn this news into a positive for you.
MillardFillmore on reddit.com

I went to UF.

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