Via Alex Tabarrok:
Wow, no one saw this coming. The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million. The school is eliminating all funding for teaching assistants in computer science, cutting the graduate and research programs entirely, and moving the tattered remnants into other departments.
Let’s get this straight: in the midst of a technology revolution, with a shortage of engineers and computer scientists, UF decides to cut computer science completely?
Well, we do need to make sure we can keep funding Cherokee Poetry Studies. How else would the students come up with the intellectual firepower to produce these words of wisdom:
Professor Rizzo, I apologize for my recent comment which criticized your response to a student in the Campus Times. I realize now that my criticism was based on a presupposition that you should be held to the same standard of other professors who are too busy teaching, researching, and publishing to respond to a freshman’s article. As with you being a non-tenure track adjunct hired to teach introductory courses and with obviously copious amounts of time on his hands, this was an unfair assumption on my part. Responding to undergraduates and anonymous comments may qualify as your most academic endeavor to date. Keep up the excellent work.
Given the fact that the median number of citations of academic papers is zero maybe this kid is onto something! Gotta go back to play some Angry Birds.