the state that brought you NASA abandons computer science?

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?

Earlier this week I read how the University of Florida had planned to dismante it’s computer science program, though apparently after a public outcry the administration has reconsidered the proposal at least for now.

Really?

Who EVER thought eliminating computer science at a major state university was a good idea? Here in Seattle we’re having trouble finding top flight engineers to fill our jobs at Korrio and I know friends running into similar stories at other startups in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The tech industry fights for immigration reform so we can bring the best and the brightest in from outside the US but a major state university decides it would rather churn out pre-law business majors and NFL linebackers.

When state governments are spending millions to try and attract businesses through tax breaks and subsidies they should remember that the most compelling and enticing thing any city or state can offer entrepreneurs is a well educated and skilled work force. Companies will come to a state like Florida with menial jobs if all you have is menial labor, but providing an environment where employees are well prepared and companies can foster each other provides the basis for real economic growth.

PS — God willing this is the last time you will ever see any version of the Florida Gator logo on this blog.

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