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University of Florida drops plan to break up computer science department

University of Florida president Bernie Machen has announced that a plan for cuts to the computer science and engineering department has been set aside.

"The proposal has been met with overwhelming negative response, much of which I believe has been based on misunderstanding," he told students in an email Wednesday. "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."

The plan, stemming from a $300 million statewide budget cut across Florida's universities, called for transferring computer science students to the electrical engineering department, moving faculty to other engineering divisions, focusing more on teaching and less on research, and eliminating all teaching assistants.

The proposal would have saved UF $1.7 million.

Machen wrote that the new proposal would preserve the "research mission in both computer science and computer engineering."

Information from the Orlando Sentinel and Gainesville Sun was used in this report.

University of Florida drops plan to break up computer science department 04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:44pm]
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