Who needs computers?

Basically everyone, that’s who. Here’s the story:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2012/04/22/university-of-florida-eliminates-computer-science-department-increases-athletic-budgets-hmm/

Not just CompSci as a major, but the entire department.

According to their website, they have a Computer Engineering program, a Digital Arts and Sciences program, applied mathematics, a department of statistics, an Institute for Fundamental Theory, all of whom are going to have to teach their own computer programming courses now that CompSci is gone. Or maybe they’ll cut Computer Engineering too, since that doesn’t make much sense without CompSci.

I’ve seen some boneheaded moves, but this one is just incomprehensible to me. I’m sure there’s some sort of motivation here beyond the $1.7 million they’re supposedly saving by excising one of the most important skills of the 21st century. I couldn’t tell you what that motivation is.

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About Colin Fredericks

By day I help to create online courses at HarvardX. By night I write roleplaying games.

Posted on April 30, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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