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University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department
Forbes ^ | April 22, 2012 | Steven Salzberg

Posted on 04/24/2012 12:47:46 PM PDT by C19fan

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 $1.4 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.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: computer; education; florida
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To: C19fan

Good move- I think computers are a passing fad...

Might as well edumacate youself in ‘Green Studies’ - that’s where all the money be at


51 posted on 04/24/2012 2:19:55 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: C19fan
Relating to what I just posted, in the top 50 Psychology programs nationwide, 3.1% of faculty are black, and women make up 34% of white faculty and 54% of black faculty.

In the Top 50 Computer Science depts, blacks make up 0.7% of faculty, with women making up just 13.6% of the white total and 27% of the black column.

52 posted on 04/24/2012 2:21:40 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: C19fan

Sounds about as silly as St. Cloud State U. (MN) cutting it’s aviation program because it costs too much per student. Yet, all the graduates get high paying jobs as pilots, while many of the other graduates are sitting on their hands and feet unemployed with degrees in social science, psychology, women’s studies, black studies, etc..


53 posted on 04/24/2012 2:30:13 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: dfwgator
Damn, I miss my Alma Mater

I was in Gainesville during the Steve Spurrier years, and I recall the never ending rivalry between the Gators and the Seminoles, I still find it amazing that Bowden coached 33 seasons, having only retired in '09.
54 posted on 04/24/2012 3:09:28 PM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne- "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: C19fan

I have no problem with abolishing a CS Department. In fact, I think CS Departments should all be absorbed by their institution’s Mathematics Department if the local CS Department is software oriented, or their institution’s Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering Department if they are hardware oriented. The troubling thing is not the abolition of the department, but the abolition of the graduate program in CS as evidence by cutting all funding for teaching assistantships and scattering the faculty to other departments (plural).

What the hell is the UF (or should that be FU?) administration thinking?


55 posted on 04/24/2012 3:29:16 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: samtheman

It sounds like the main thing they are doing is firing a bunch of “teaching assistants”. Good idea. Make the profs earn their living by actually teaching their courses themselves.


56 posted on 04/24/2012 3:55:33 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: InterceptPoint

I think you’re right. I know a physics TA who is a slave. I also know a professor who is a master and brags about having slaves do all his work.


57 posted on 04/24/2012 4:29:06 PM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
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To: samtheman

Don’t know the facts, but that verbiage feels like someone’s pissing on my leg and telling me it’s raining.


58 posted on 04/24/2012 4:41:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: redgolum
The real question is why? I think that you will see more and more science and engineering cut to keep costs low and the football program funded.

I don't follow Florida football but I do know that most big time football programs are both self funding and also supply additional funds to the university for Title IX programs.

I don't think that changing a Computer course that saves less than $2 M a year will have any effect on the football program.

59 posted on 04/25/2012 4:43:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: USS Alaska

——I don’t follow Florida football but I do know that most big time football programs are both self funding and also supply additional funds to the university for Title IX programs.-—

This reminds me of a pet peeve.

College football is profitable because colleges don’t pay the workers, the players, who are essentially cannon fodder —worthless degrees in hotel management notwithstanding.


60 posted on 04/25/2012 4:49:16 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
could of

Huh?
61 posted on 04/25/2012 5:06:00 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

My best guess is that “could of” comes from people who listen to TV/radio more than they read.

So the contraction “could’ve”, meaning “could have”, gets turned into “could of”.

Apparently, the fact that it makes no sense is not a deterrent to using it.


62 posted on 04/25/2012 10:02:59 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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