Plans at UCLA to create a schooling program for students in the country illegally —- with tuition costs far less than what mainstream students pay —- have been axed. The Daily Bruin and Inside Higher Ed posted a statement from university officials that says:
“UCLA has determined that the agreement between the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and the National Labor College, 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.”
The College Fix contributor Alex Jakubowski reported last month that the program, six online course credits transferable to any university that will accept the credits, would have cost the undocumented students enrolled in the program $2,490 —- as opposed to standard UCLA in-state tuition of $12,686.
The notion behind the effort was to make a college education available to struggling young undocumented students, but it was a bad idea on many fronts. UCLA officials distanced themselves from it in their statement:
“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.”
Unfortunately, campus officials also left the door open to revive the project, saying “… any agreements would require a comprehensive academic and financial plan that has approval from appropriate parties.”