cre·​den·​tial·​ism | \ kri-ˈden(t)-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce credentialism (audio) \

Definition of credentialism

: undue emphasis on credentials (such as college degrees) as prerequisites to employment

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Few institutions have suffered the backlash against elitism and credentialism as much as central banks, which are mostly run by professional economists. ... Greg Ip, WSJ, "What You Need to Be on the Fed...and It Isn’t a Ph.D.," 14 Apr. 2019 The credentialism of the Democratic Party is not widely shared by the public at large. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Elitist Obsession With Qualifications," 21 Mar. 2018 Linda Galipeau, chief executive officer of staffing provider Randstad North America, says credentialism is a problem for lots of job prospects., "Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.," 16 Jan. 2018 David Bills, a professor at the University of Iowa, wrote in a study of credentialism. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "Students have new ways of measuring degrees of success," 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of credentialism

1967, in the meaning defined above

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