Some prospective students and parents sign the petition and left comment to show their concern, question and disappoitment of Dean’s proposal:
An anonymous high-profile domestic female PhD applicant says:
I must unfortunately take back my acceptance for the CISE PhD program and fellowship this Fall. I was honored to have received the fellowship and am really sorry if this causes any issues for the admissions process. The reason I am declining is because I am afraid of not being able to stay in the program were the budget to take effect.
Doug Logan from Tallahassee FL says:
As the parent of a soon to graduate CISE student, why would you gut this program?
Karen Logan from Tallahassee FL says:
I’m a concerned parent. My son is graduating with this degree next month and I don’t want his degree or his fellow students degrees to be diminished in value. Why would a school get rid of a department that is in the forefront of the job market today?
Matthew Cortez from Clearwater FL says:
Wanted to go to UF specifically for CISE, but if these cuts happen, I will not.
Jonathan Cooper from Tarpon Springs FL says:
I just selected UF as the college I will be attending next year. As someone solely going to UF for this department, this is quite honestly ridiculous. Don’t think I’ll stop my support of this petition once I hit “Sign”. This is disgusting.
Alex Frieder from Dix Hills NY says:
I am a junior in high school. Next year, I am applying to college, and I am 100% sure that I am going to major in computer science. I have a large group of friends who also are planning to major in computer-based subjects. Computer science is only growing, and expanding. To get rid of it is to not only deprive the youth of their want to learn, but to slow the advancement of science in general.
Justin Handville from Largo FL says:
I was planning to apply to this department next year. I find this decision troubling, and I certainly would not consider an ECE degree in place of a CSE degree, as it has relatively little marketability. Effectively, this decision will cause me, and other potential students, to consider other schools. This will, in turn, cause irreparable damage to UF. If Dean Abernathy is serious in this fool’s errand, then I strongly suggest that a vote of no confidence in her ability to run this department be taken immediately.