Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] democratically run universities?

From: Dana Matthew Bennis <>
Date: Sat Nov 22 11:04:00 2003

Hi Martin,

One democratically-run college/university that I know of in the U.S. is
Deep Springs. Though as far as models go, it has only 26 students (all
male). There are certainly a good number of colleges that give students
control over their learning, and/or are more discussion-based rather than
lecture and test, and some that might have students more involved in
decision-making. But Deep Springs is the only one I've heard of that is
democratic in the sense of one person one vote. Read their governance page
for more info.

If anyone knows of others, please post. Good luck Martin, and keep us up
to date on what is happening.

Dana Bennis

At 11:12 PM 11/21/2003 +0100, you wrote:
>Hi everybody,
>Does anybody know of any universities or colleges that are run
>democratically (one person - one vote)?
>(I suppose this question has been asked here before, but I didn't find an
>answer quickly.)
>In Germany the students of many universities have gone on a strike to
>protest against cuts of university budgets, tuition fees and - lack of
>democracy. On monday, a General Assembly of students of the Freie
>Universitšt Berlin (at which I'm enrolled) is going to pass a resolution
>concerning the above mentioned points. I'd like to do something about the
>democracy part.
>At present, in all of the governinng bodies, the professors constitute an
>absolute majority of the voting members. The other seats are reserved for
>the three other groups: scientific assistants, other employees and
>students, which thus each have about 1/6 of the seats. The draft of the
>resolution that will be put to the vote on monday calls for a socalled
>"quarter parity" (that means, professors, assistants, other employees and
>students each elect their own representatives for 25% of the seats.).
>However, this would still be undemocratic since professors make up only 1%
>of the university polulation while students make up 84%.
>So I'd like to propose truely democratic structures. And it would be very
>helpful to have successful models to point at.
>greetings from Berlin
>Martin Wilke
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