credentialism

[ kri-den-shuh-liz-uh m ]
/ krɪˈdɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm /

noun

excessive reliance on credentials, especially academic degrees, in determining hiring or promotion policies.

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Origin of credentialism

First recorded in 1965–70; credential + -ism
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