He calls it the UnCollege movement.
Nineteen-year-old Dale Stephens is urging his peers to rethink the need for college, arguing that they can get more out of pursuing real-world skills than completing homework assignments and studying for exams.
"I want to change the notion that a college degree is the only path to professional success," said Stephens, a San Francisco resident who is building the UnCollege movement and developing a Web-based company.
Stephens is part of a small but growing chorus of entrepreneurs, free thinkers and former students who are questioning the value of higher education. The attack is coming from multiple directions: those who say college costs far more than it should; those who say students learn far less than they should; and those who argue the graduation rates are abysmal.