Resources for hope: Ideas for alternatives from heterodox higher education institutions

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Abstract

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 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.

Contributor Notes

Catherine N. Butcher is a European Commission–Marie Curie doctoral research fellow in Management, under the UNIKE project (Universities in the Knowledge Economy) at the University of Roehampton, London. Her research considers unorthodox ways in which universities might be reconfigured to provide different educational outcomes for students. Catherine has worked for more than twenty years in the public and private sectors in the Caribbean in areas of management and administration and with the regulatory department of cooperatives, Saint Lucia, in excess of seven years. E-mail: normab74@yahoo.com

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