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Forbes: UF athletic budget grows while computer science program is eliminated



 We told you last week about a cost-cutting move at the University of Florida to eliminate a computer engineering program, with its students and faculty absorbed into another engineering program -- saving $1.7 million out of $4 million the department needs to cut in the wake of a $300 million cut across the state university system.

Now that news is going viral, with Forbes magazine this weekend pointing out that while UF prepares to slash that program, the university's athletic department's budget is growing by $2 million.

That's enough to cause outrage, with people across social media incredulously posting and re-posting the story. But there's another piece that adds fuel to the fire:

Scott just signed a bill that immediately creates Florida Polytechnic University, the pet project of departing Senate budget chairman JD Alexander. Why? Because Scott says a university focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is worth the investment.

"It is vital for the future of Florida's economy that we meet the need for a STEM educated workforce," Scott wrote in a memo explaining his decision. 

Wonder what the UF engineering students think about that...

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:39am]


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