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Univerisy of Florida Cuts Computer Science Department

  1. Apr 23, 2012 #1
    Quotes from NY Times.

    Get the full coverage on Save UF CISE and sign its petition.

    I still find this shocking even when I opened the webpage again. If this was posted on April 1st, I would have wait for announcement that it's just a prank. But seriously? They're cutting the whole research CISE department at this time, when IT business is booming?
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    Something else interesting from the website:

    I'm really interested in the rationale behind this budget cut.
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  4. Apr 23, 2012 #3


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    Please note the article in the OP was updated to remove the reference to football.
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  5. Apr 23, 2012 #4

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    Call me jaded. I suspect they are cutting a red herring free.

    Suppose that instead the UofF administration had proposed to completely eliminate the Classics department. There would have been a minor outcry but in the end the department would be toast. On the other hand, converting one of the school's most prominent / most successful research departments into a teaching-only department raises the hue and cry that completely eliminating something like classics would never accomplish.
  6. Apr 23, 2012 #5
    I believe there's quite a bit of overlap between CS-Math and CS-Engineering in general. The news articles seem to over-hyping against the school's decision.
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    One thing to be aware of is that UF has two Computer Science departments: the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering.

    The plan is to move all the research into EECS, and to make CISE a smaller department focused on teaching. Reading between the lines, it means that if you are in CISE and have a substantial research grant, you'll be moving to EECS. If don't have a substantial research grant, you'll stay in CISE where you can count on teaching more courses.

    I don't want to say this is a good idea or a bad idea - just that it is a different idea than what is being reported.

    As an aside, this is what happens when the University cannot, by statute, raise tuition but the state cuts its share of the funding.
  8. Apr 23, 2012 #7
    Evo, thanks for cleaning up the thread.

    Thank you for the info Vanadium. I didn't realize there are two departments. I don't know why they would split things the way they did. I feel EE is a completely different discipline than CS. You do have CE, but....why have a CISE department then? Is that for researching only? The situation still sound confusing to me with a few articles and information I read on the university website (unless the uni info has reflected on the changes).

    I was pretty shock when I saw the article. I probably should have done more research on the topic before posting. Lolz, looks like I got homework for the weekend.
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    It is not a department, it is a centre. It is NOT the same thing. it is quite common for a number of research groups from various departments to come together to form a "centre" of some sort, but these are mainly "virtual" (no one moves office) and usually just means that they apply for grants together as a unit, share post-docs and PhD students etc.
    Sometimes these centres are quite short-lived, i.e. one round of grant money.
    Where I work (a research institute in the UK) we have a few centres, some small (a few people that also work on other projects) and some a bit larger and more ambitious.
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