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University of Florida CISE: Now More Than Ever

By now you've likely heard the proposal that the University of Florida plans to drastically restructure its Computer Science department, CISE. While the details are not as provocative a picture as the Forbes article paints, the proposal is still bad for the university and its students (read the actual proposal). Also, as an alumnus, the proposal is, frankly, embarrassing.At a time when the United States needs more STEM graduates than ever, universities ought be doubling down on their Computer Science programs. I encourage you to write to the university. Even if unaffiliated with Florida, this restructuring sets a bad precedent for other institutions.Today, I sent this email:President Machen & Dean Abernathy,I am writing to express my concern with the proposed changes to CISE. Contra more provocative coverage, I understand that the department is to undergo restructure and not outright elimination. I also understand the significant budgetary pressures facing Florida. Nonetheless…