Roughly half of the CISE faculty would be offered the opportunity to move to Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Industrial and Systems Engineering. These faculty would continue to support the graduate and research mission in the Computer Engineering degree track. The choice of which faculty and which departments will be made based on fit with the research program and with the receiving departments. Staff positions in CISE which are currently supporting research and graduate programs would be eliminated. The activities currently covered by TAs would be reassigned to faculty and the TA budget for CISE would be eliminated. The faculty remaining in CISE would then focus their efforts on teaching and advising students in the existing Computer Science BS and MS degree programs, offered through both the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Their assignments would change to reflect this new educational mission with sole focus on delivering quality education for students in these degree programs. Any faculty member who wishes to stay in CISE may do so, but with a revised assignment focused on teaching and advising.In other words Florida is eliminating core Computer Science research, something that makes no sense for a state flagship research university in this day and age. There is a website and petition protesting the move which has caused the Dean to respond. Perhaps because of geographical closeness, this was a big topic of discussion when I was down at Georgia Tech last week. The current and founding Deans of the College of Computing at GT wrote strong letters to the Florida president. The CRA has also expressed their concern.
Certainly the president and dean deserve much of the blame to allow the targeting of computer science at Florida. But as Steven Salzberg of Forbes points out, the real villains lie in Tallahassee with a governor and legislature that has cut funding for the school by 30% over the past six years.