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[ NNSquad ] [IP] U of Florida drops plan to shift CS faculty from research to teaching

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From: Dan Updegrove <updegrove@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 7:51 AM
Subject: U of Florida drops plan to shift CS faculty from research to
To: Dave Farber <DAVE@farber.net>


Good news from U of Florida, as reported in today's Chronicle of Higher

U. of Florida Dean Drops Plan to Shift Faculty Focus From Research to

April 26, 2012, 11:28 am

Facing a backlash from students and faculty members, a University of
Florida dean has backed away from her plan to shift the focus of a
computer-science department from research to teaching. Cammy R. Abernathy,
dean of the College of Engineering, this month proposed
department’s graduate teaching assistants and research support staff as a
cost-saving measure. The plan would have reassigned tenured and
tenure-track faculty to focus solely on teaching. But on Wednesday, citing
an “overwhelming negative response” to the proposal, the university’s
president, J. Bernard Machen, said in a written
it had dropped Ms. Abernathy’s plan. Mr. Machen said that two department
chairs in the college were working on an alternative strategy to deal with
cuts in state funds.

Best regards,

~ Dan

Dan Updegrove
Consultant on IT in Higher Education
Austin, Texas
(512) 331-5098
(512) 423-7785 cell
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