UCLA Helping to Create a University for Illegal Aliens?
The L.A. Weekly reports that "The UCLA Center for Labor Research along with the National Labor College have established a virtual school just for undocumented migrants -- the National Dream University."
Apparently, most of the course work at the new "university" will take place online. However, the web site of the university says that students must travel to the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Maryland on February 2013. It also says that students must travel to the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education in California on December 2013.
I've seen some posts on the internet saying that UCLA is helping to establish the National Dream University. However, I searched the "UCLA Newsroom" web site and found nothing about the "National Dream University." If UCLA is indeed helping to establish the NDU, it is not advertising that fact. Also, I searched the web site of UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education. I found nothing mentioning the NDU.
Although the NDU says that students must travel to UCLA in December 2013, I suspect that they will not take any actual UCLA classes. The physical location of UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education is in downtown Los Angeles, not on the main campus.
Of all the articles I read about the NDU, I noticed only one UCLA person quoted in the articles: Kent Wong, the director of the Center for Labor Research and Education.
Wong is a known left-wing radical at UCLA. Several years ago, Andrew Jones, a former president of the Bruin College Republicans, created a web site to expose the radical left-wing views of the UCLA faculty. Wong ranked second on Jones' "Dirty Thirty" list of UCLA's most radical faculty.
I suspect that Wong, when talking to reporters and blog writers, exaggerated any help that UCLA might be giving the NDU.
Indeed the bottom of a Huffington post article notes the following correction:
CORRECTION: An original version of this article incorrectly stated that credits from National Dream University could be transferred to UCLA. The National Labor College will accept the students' credits, but the credits are not automatically transferrable to UCLA. The article has also been updated to clarify that the National Dream University is a partnership between UCLA and National Labor College faculties.
I strongly suspect that UCLA has no intention to allow NDU credits to transfer to UCLA. However, I suspect that Wong insinuated that UCLA might when he originally talked to the Huffington Post writer.
But I could be wrong. Maybe UCLA really is officially trying to help in the creation of the NDU. If so, UCLA should clarify that quickly.
Further, if so, it is troubling. The NDU clearly has a political agenda. Its website notes that applicants must "demonstrate commitment to immigrant/labor rights and social justice."
UCLA is currently experiencing severe financial troubles. If it is devoting any financial resources to the NDU in this time of economic crisis--and doing so in an apparent secretive way--then that is scandalous.