-[ Updated June 8, 2012 ]-
Stay tuned for news updates from local and national media outlets about the future of CISE and the University of Florida.
NATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE:
The Washington Post: Athletics 1, academics 0: A guest post (May 10)
ComputerWorld: Fla. university writing new computer science plan, cites ‘overwhelming’ backlash (April 27)
MORE NATIONAL PRESS ARTICLES AVAILABLE HERE
LOCAL PRESS COVERAGE:
The Gainesville Sun: Plan merging UF engineering departments hits snag (May 2)
The Gainesville Sun: New UF CISE proposal not all that new (April 28)
Hernando Today: Residing in an alternate STEM universe (April 27)
Orlando Sentinel: UF drops idea of breaking up computer science department (April 26)
MORE LOCAL PRESS ARTICLES AVAILABLE HERE
Computerworld (top story): Florida university plan to ‘decimate’ computer science draws protest
Miami Herald: What is the University of Florida thinking?
The Gainesville Sun: Reaction to Proposed CISE cuts explodes across cyberspace
Here is an article on today’s (April 22) Forbes Magazine website’s FRONT PAGE:
This is the comment made by Steven Salzberg on his blog in response to some of the criticism: link.
The New York Times blog: Losing the Future: Gutting Science Training
Chronicle of Higher Education: Florida Dean proposes to save money by revising faculty assignments from research to teaching
The Gainesville Sun Apr. 23: I thought I was two hours away from Disney World, but now I’m not so sure.
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The following is a letter to President Machen jointly written and unanimously approved by 25 CISE Faculty members on Friday 13, 2012 in response to Dean Abernathy’s proposed budget-cutting plan for the College of Engineering. You can find a pdf copy here.
April 13, 2012
Dear President Machen,
Thursday’s Faculty Senate Resolution (see Appendix) reaffirms the faculty’s and the administration’s responsibility to engage in a shared governance process concerning budget cuts and restructuring (required steps listed below, citing the UF Constitution Article VI(1)(E), Senate Bylaws 22, Dec 2009 Resolution).
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So why is the CISE department so important? Two important reasons are highlighted in the articles below.
At the University of Florida – perhaps best known for its championship Gators football teams – innovation isn’t the first thing on people’s minds. But that football team famously invented what you now know as Gatorade. And now they’re building Innovation Square, which they hope spearheads their town of Gainesville into becoming the “Silicon Valley of the Southeast.”
Many professors of computer science say college graduates in every major should understand software fundamentals. They don’t argue that everyone needs to be a skilled programmer. Rather, they seek to teach “computational thinking” — the general concepts programming languages employ.
The following is an excerpt from an article published by the Alligator.