This report describes my field visits to Berea and Deep Springs Colleges
in the U.S.A. and explores their forms of ownership/control,
governance, financing and organisational structure. Berea and Deep
Springs are small, liberal arts colleges, distinctive in American higher
education, in which students actively participate in a spirit of democracy.
This report highlights the relationship between these heterodox
organisational forms and student outcomes. It examines the practical
significance of these two colleges for education policy and how
certain features could be resources for hope used in constructing heterodox
higher education institutions in other parts of the world. This
report complements that of Wright, Greenwood and Boden (2011)
on Mondragón University – a cooperative in the Basque country of
Spain – by adding to the body of knowledge on alternative models of
higher education institutions.