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    Renzo Rosso.
    Summary: Instead of following the Magna Charta Universitatum, the declaration of the principles of knowledge signed in 1988 in Bologna, the academic approach pursued in Europe and the other continents over the past 30 years has strictly employed a utilitarian model of higher education. This jeopardizes academic freedom, shared governance and tenure, the three pillars of the long-established model of universities. Scientific conformism and fragmentation, educational bias and authoritarianism are the major drawbacks, together with a poor readiness to meet the emerging challenges in the labor market and technology. In this book, Renzo Rosso presents a new model for countering these developments, e.g. by establishing novel democratic rules for university governance. The Slow University paradigm positions culture and education as essential tools for the long-term survival of humankind.

    Intro; Acknowledgment; Contents; About the Author;
    1: Introduction;
    2: The Resistible Rise of Utilitarian University; The End of the Traditional Academy; The Utilitarian Model; The Primacy of Management Control;
    3: The Big Brother University; The Evaluation of Individuals; Prize and Punishment; The Atrophy of Decision-Making Capacity; The Evaluation of Universities; The Focus on Performance; The Rise of Conformism; Fragmentation; The Focus on Representation; The Educational Bias; The Rise of Authoritarianism; The Value of Loyalty; In the Power of Management; University Autonomy Is the Utilitarian Turn Reversible
    ?4: The Fall of the Utilitarian Model; The Labor Chimera; The Challenge of Technology; Bureaucracy and Stupidity;
    5: The Renaissance of Universities; Education; Transdisciplinarity; Democracy;
    6: Conclusion; Appendix; Magna Charta Universitatum; Preamble; Fundamental Principles; The Means; The Slow University Manifesto; International Movement for the Right to Knowledge
    Digital Access Springer 2019