credentialism[kri den′s̸həl iz′əm]
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reliance, often excessive reliance, on a person's credentials, specif. academic degrees, as indicators of his or her abilities or potential for success as an employee
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Overemphasis on diplomas or degrees in giving jobs or conferring social status: “Neo-liberalism made useful points in its critique of vested interests, of bureaucratic follies [and] of credentialism” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)