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Universita' di massa e formazione scientifica: una struttura utopica


  • Piero Giarda

    (Universita' Cattolica di Milano)


The Italian university system has progressively evolved from a university for few to a mass university. Its productive structure has only partially adapted to such evolution: a growing supply is accompanied by a large number of dropouts. Traditionally, a state run university system requires all units to operate with the same output mix, inclusive of general education and higher education. The result is poor resource allocation in face of the many and diverse objectives of university education. One better, utopian system, envisages a large number of universities devoted to general education and a small number supplying higher education. General education at the undergraduate level would be provided according to merit-oriented admittance rules. Teaching would adjust to the different talents of the students and thus reduce the number of dropouts. Differentiation in the supply mix of different universities is a necessary condition to reach the social objectives of mass education and development of individual talents.

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  • Piero Giarda, 2006. "Universita' di massa e formazione scientifica: una struttura utopica," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 114(1-2), pages 155-172.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2006:v:114:i:1-2:p:155-172

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    mass university; general education; higher education.;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy


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