Diversification Policies in Higher Education: The Case of French Grandes Ecoles

By Philippe Lecomte.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This proposal aims to explore the way the French Grandes Ecoles try to diversify their selection process. First we analyse the French system of higher education, based on a very strong and early selection of the best academic students after baccalaureat. This system can be qualified as a very closed one. Then we will show how this closed system moved to a more and more open selection of applicants. We can distinguish three levels of diversification: national level initially restricted to the same field, afterwards the access for students of other disciplines has been enlarged, but still limited to national level and now an international level, due to the Bologna process. This trend corresponds to the globalization of higher education market and to the need for French Business schools that want to take part in this movement to be visible internationally. In a second part, we would like to deal with the very important issue of social diversity. We will take the examples of French Business Schools in order to examine the measures in place designed to provide more or less social diversity

Keywords: Social Diversity, Higher Education, Globalization, Elite Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.383-396. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 891.553KB).

Philippe Lecomte

Professor, Human Resources, Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France

Teacher and researcher at Toulouse Business School Toulouse. Former head of department of foreign languages. Now Department of Human resources. Research in the field of sociology of Higher Education. Teaching foreign languages and cultural awareness. My Background: French aggregation of German. Doctor thesis upon Didactical issues. Member of a research group upon French Grandes Ecoles (for managers, engineers and military) CRF CNAM PARIS.

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