University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm. – Forbes
This new article on the ongoing U. Florida debacle in Forbes is shocking. The athletic department is not getting cut — it’s getting a raise, and the raise alone is larger than the cost for the CISE department! Meanwhile, Florida has just created a new STEM-oriented university. I really would like to hear what argument the administration makes for these decisions. An article this morning in the Gainesville Sun suggests that the local residents don’t understand it, either.
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.) Actually, the real villains here are the Florida state legislators, who have cut the budget for their flagship university by 30% over the past 6 years.
Meanwhile, just two days ago, Florida governor Rick Scott approved the creation of a brand-new public university, Florida Polytechnic University, to be located near the city of Tampa.