UCLA today announced it has pulled the plug on its end of a controversial college that would have catered to undocumented students.
The National Dream University was planned under a deal between the UCLA Center for Labor Research and the National Labor College. Attendees would not have been UCLA students, according to the school.
Still, UCLA says, the Westwood campus' higher ups didn't give the project a green light:
In a statement sent to the Weekly, UCLA says:
UCLA has determined that the agreement between the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and the National Labor College (NLC), which resulted in the creation of the National Dream University certificate program, was negotiated without the necessary approvals from UCLA's academic and administrative leadership. As a result, the agreement has been declared void and UCLA has directed the Labor Center to suspend all work on National Dream University. While these actions do not preclude any future relationships between the center and National Labor College, any agreements would require a comprehensive academic and financial plan that has approval from appropriate parties. It is important to remember that the envisioned certificate program would have been offered through the National Labor College and not UCLA; news reports suggesting that those enrolled in the program would be UCLA students are completely inaccurate.
The school was set to start accepting applications Oct. 5, at least until today's announcement.
The idea, as UCLA Labor College director Kent Wong told us last month, was to teach mostly out-of-state students who would have been eligible for the Dream Act in California (which gives youths who came here illegally when they were young children in-state tuition) via affordable, online classes.