Meaning of credentialism in English:


Pronunciation /krɪˈdɛnʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


mass noun
  • 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’
    • ‘In higher education, she perceives a turning away from learning in favor of credentialism.’
    • ‘Experience and expertise are welcome; credentialism, however, can wait in the hall.’
    • ‘Educational institutions are evaluated not on the basis of rigorous standards but instead on the basis of a system of credentialism that is self-referential.’
    • ‘Kierans did not share the technocratic credentialism that would eventually make the MBA degree such a hot academic commodity.’
    • ‘Yet another factor affecting today's youth, and one reason why they are slower to leave home, is rising skill requirements or escalating credentialism.’
    • ‘This credentialism culture is so strong that companies may allow their employees to take educational leave without pay or even with pay.’
    • ‘Downsizing and rising credentialism are factors that have affected careers during the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in spiral and transitory career patterns becoming more common.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Credentialism is another attempt by firms and industries to reduce liability.’
    • ‘We've fallen for the sham of credentialism because we can no longer be certain than anyone has a solid basis to function professionally, and so we're forced to trust institutional awards.’
    • ‘It's a great trait if you're an employer looking to fill your ranks with obedient cogs, not so great if you want to end crass credentialism.’