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credentialism Syllabification: cre·den·tial·ism
Pronunciation: /krəˈden(t)SHəˌlizəm/

Definition of credentialism in English:


Belief in or reliance on academic or other formal qualifications as the best measure of a person’s intelligence or ability to do a particular job: credentialism is to a large degree responsible for people assuming that they need a degree
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  • In some occupations at least, the creep of credentialism is due to our legal system and those masters of hindsight, lawyers.
  • As someone who's been essentially self taught in most academic fields, I find the increasing credentialism very loathsome.
  • Increasing access and availability necessarily brings with it increased pressure for "practical" instruction and results, and a kind of credentialism that makes academics twitchy.

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