In an email to the UF community today, President Bernie Machen stated that in response to pressure from students, faculty and external supporters of CISE, the “Abernathy Plan” is decisively off the table. This was one of the primary demands of the SaveCISE community to the administration.
Thanks to the support we have gotten so far, we now have an improved atmosphere conducive to moving forward.
The administration (President, Provost, Dean and chairs of ECE and CISE) have laid out the broad parameters of an alternative proposal. Among other plans, the Faculties of both departments are seriously discussing the details, and hence feasibility, of a Berkeley-style model for ECE and CISE.
One of the stipulations of the CISE Faculty is that any alterations to the current CISE TA policy would be a deal breaker. Another stipulation is that CISE faculty, students and programs remain together as a unit.
We would like to reiterate that the only thing that is certain at this point is that Dean Abernathy’s plan is no longer in consideration. We rely on your continued awareness and support during this delicate time.
SaveCISE remains in solidarity with the broader SaveUF movement in response to university-wide budget-cuts.