UF Budget Cuts Go Into Effect Tomorrow
"Quietly and without warning, input, or knowledge, the University of Florida, as we have known it for more than 100 years, ceased to exist."
Those are words written by U.F. Professor Daniel Canfield after he learned about the upcoming budget cuts when they were announced on May 14th.
Canfield is especially upset because he says the cuts show the university is moving away from it's land grant institution roots.
"It was designed to provide an institution of higher education for the children of the working class of America," said Daniel Canfield, UF professor. "It's supposed to be an accessible, affordable education. Each state has one, and the University of Florida is the land grant institution for the state of Florida."
Canfield says that's one of the main reasons he came to teach at the university's institute of food and agricultural sciences department 29 years ago. He says he sees the budget cuts as a way for the administration to change the direction and mission of the school.
"What Machen wants to do is reduce the number of students that can attend Florida, up the price of the education, make the faculty do more research, so they can get more extramural funds," said Canfield. "So this a change from an affordable, accessible university to a very pricey, very private type of university."
But during an interview last week, Machen told WCJB that's not the case, especially when you compare UF to other schools that are striving to be top 10 research universities.
"95 % of our students at the undergraduate level come from the state of Florida," said Machen. "That's compared to Michigan, where maybe 60 percent of the students come from the state of Michigan."
Still, Canfield stands behind his beliefs, and is now sending a letter to media outlets around the state to spread the word about the changes that he says are coming, but only time will tell if Machen or Canfield is correct.
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