University of Florida officials have dropped a controversial plan to dismantle the computer science department after mounting opposition from students and others.
"The proposal has been met with overwhelming negative response, much of which I believe has been based on misunderstanding," UF President Bernie Machen told students in an email Wednesday. "It is clear that the University of Florida must figure out a way to make it through these financially difficult times in a productive manner. I am optimistic we can do that."
College of Engineering Dean Cammy Abernathy's plan, stemming from a $300 million statewide budget cut imposed across all of Florida's universities, called for transferring computer science students to the electrical engineering department, moving faculty to other engineering divisions, more focus on teaching and less on research and eliminating all teaching assistants.
The proposal would have saved the state's flagship university $1.7 million.