UFlorida maintains CISE research, but still merges departments

April 26, 2012 at 10:21 am 3 comments

Sounds like the Dean gets her merger of CISE into ECE, but CISE gets to keep research.  Miami Herald ran a story on the UFlorida CISE department, and the comments were really insightful.  I see more clearly what the voters of Florida want, and why they elect officials who make these kinds of budgetary decisions.

As many of you know, the proposal has been met with overwhelming negative response, much of which I believe has been based on misunderstanding. Nonetheless, it is clear that the University of Florida must figure out a way to make it through these financially difficult times in a productive manner. I am optimistic we can do that.

This week, the chairmen of the departments of Computer and Information Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering have come forward together with a framework of a new proposal that would help meet the college’s budget target. It also would address issues raised during recent discussions, namely, clarify and enhance degree offerings while preserving the research mission in both computer science and computer engineering, achieve efficiency in teaching and bring faculty workloads in line with other departments of the college.

“We are currently working on a plan for a joint organization of these two departments into a larger unit. I feel strongly that this is the best opportunity for the two departments moving forward,” said Gerhard Ritter, interim chair of CISE.

via University of Florida News – UF president issues statement to university community regarding budget.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaron Lanterman  |  April 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Mark, are you sure you linked to the right URL? I don’t find the text you quote there. And the comments on the article you do link to are pretty dreadful…

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    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  April 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Yup. The link at the bottom is the press release that the quote is from. The embedded link is to an article at the Miami Herald, and yes, the comments are pretty awful, but are consistent with hacking away at the University’s budget.

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      • 3. Aaron Lanterman  |  April 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        Whoops! Sorry, my bad. I should have scrolled all the way down before complaining. ;)

        Indeed, the pervasive anti-intellectualism that has swept the country in the past three years or so is unnerving.

        Reply

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