I couldn’t resist providing some commentary on a Forbes article that came across my desk yesterday titled “University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm.” Hmmm, indeed! First, let me get right out and say it, it’s important to have athletics in higher education. I was shocked when last year, UC Berkeley (which is right across the San Francisco Bay from the GoGrid HQ), decided to eliminate several sports from their athletics roundup including men’s and women’s gymnastics, baseball and women’s lacrosse, as well as demoting men’s rugby to a “varsity club sport.”
But what the University of Florida is doing has left my jaw on the ground. From my understanding, last week they announced that they would be killing off the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) department by dropping all funding for teaching assistants as well as stopping graduate and research programs completely, all to save the University $1.4 million.
At the same time, the $97.7 million athletic budget (which is a budget separate from the University of Florida) would be increased by more than $2 million.
Have the powers that be just been tackled a few too many times and are suffering concussions?