Wed Apr 25 NOON: Save UF! Rally

I am writing to urge you to join faculty from across the campus, graduate students, undergraduates, staff, and Gainesville-area residents, for a rally to demand:


THE FACTS ARE NOT IN QUESTION: The Florida Legislature cut funding to all state universities this year and apportioned those cuts according to the amount that each university has in its reserves. Both the Legislature and the Board of Governors (BOG) have made it clear that universities are expected to spend from their “unrestricted net assets,” the university’s reserves, to cover this temporary budget shortfall.

Read More

Recent audits show that as of June 30, 2011, UF had at least $110 million in unrestricted net assets—enough to cover the shortfall several times over.

Read More  (see charts on pages 21, 25)

UF’S PRIORITIES _ARE_ IN DOUBT: Other state universities are following the legislative directive to spend down their reserves. UF’s administration, however, has opted to dismantle successful departments (such as CISE), lay off valuable staff members (as in the plan for CLAS), abrogate their commitments to funded graduate students, bypass shared governance, undercut tenure and academic freedom, damage UF’s reputation, and undermine the University’s academic mission.

The provost has made clear that more cuts are coming and no one is safe. It is time to stand together to


Sign the Petition and come to the rally and study break at noon on Wednesday! Free pizza for UF students, faculty and staff.

Facebook event: Save UF! Spend the Reserves! Rally & Study Break
and campaign page: Stop the Cuts Campaign


One Response to “Wed Apr 25 NOON: Save UF! Rally”

  1. As an alumni of the University of Maryland, which has a world-class Computer Science department, this proposal is unfathomable to me. As a software developer with over 25 years in the IT industry, 30 years in software alone, to gut the department of research is insanity. Research is vital to producing the future brain-trust in the high-tech sector. This will not be achieved on the football field.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: