The attempt to create an alternative form of education that emphasizes the importance of self-motivation and independent thought is respectable, but the concept of UnCollege is ultimately unrealistic and is not a substitute for the invaluable opportunities offered at a university.
It’s a sad fact that many UCLA students are probably not even aware of some of the opportunities for an individualized approach to a degree that are available at UCLA.
For example, students have the opportunity to design their own majors through the Honors Programs, an option that provides an alternative for those seeking interdisciplinary interests rather than a traditional degree. Yet only about 10 students per year opt to propose individualized majors.
A university education gives students the chance to incorporate independent study and research in a liberal-arts setting where the exchange of ideas is facilitated by discussion with peers and faculty members.