The new « actors » of university selection :technology « French bac » graduates
Higher education has undergone many changes over the last few decades, allowing admittance to an increasing flow of « new students », most of which are of modest origin and with a professional secondary-education background. This increase in diploma holders has reinforced social differentiation within the existing courses. This article proposes a better understanding of the new issues of discrimination in relation to the admission of a large number of technology graduates. It analyses their rather paradoxical choice of course, and their studies in higher education, from which spring misunderstanding, incomprehension, and to finish, individual disillusionment and collective downgrading. The career path of technology graduates today is the reflection of a growing differential instability : another way of reproducing in higher education the differences already encountered at school.