State recognition of the School

InMarch 1942, an initial request was made to this effect, which was rejected by the Ministry in a letter dated August of the same year . Two main reasons were given: the insufficient selection of students, and the name of the school, which could be confused with the Écoles Supérieures de Commerce, public establishments already recognized by the State. On November 6, 1942, the Board of Governors examined the potential benefits of adopting the title "École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers". "At the same time, however, it was stressed during the meeting that " it is perhaps not certain that recognition of the School by the State would also be desirable . "The General Secretary of Enseignement Libre pointed out that this would " largely alienate the school's freedom to choose its teachers and determine its programs. "On the other hand, he pointed out that the " public utility recognition" already obtained by the Université Libre d'Angers would go a long way towards offsetting the disadvantages of non-recognition in terms of recruitment posters. "This remained the establishment's position for over thirty years.

In fact, it wasn't until 1974 that the issue was revived. In every respect, the École was transformed when it submitted its application for accreditation. The changes were spectacular.

In particular, since the 1973 entrance exam, it has been necessary to have a bachelor's degree. This is the first milestone on the road to recognition. The departmental commission therefore had little difficulty in issuing a unanimously favourable opinion before the decree ofs favorable opinion before the decree of July 31, 1975 " granted state recognition to the École Supérieure de Sciences Commerciales d'Angers. "From 1980 onwards , the School's diploma was approved by the State.

But as Jacques de LATROLLIÈRE points out, " while this official recognition was important for students, because it gave them access to scholarships - which was to be the case, in fact, in advance - it was not enough for them to obtain a diploma. on in advance, had no immediate financial impact on the Etablissement's budget, contrary to a long-held legend. "

On the other hand, combined with the definitive and virtually synchronized decision to accept only that year's baccalaureate graduates for the competitive entrance examination, it was to enable the École's spectacular growth.

Today, and since 2004, ESSCA is one of the very few post-baccalaureate schools to award the Master's degree (Bac+5), a label derived from the LMD standard, issued by the French Ministry of Education.delivered by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, attesting to the quality of the diploma on an international level.

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