(noun) The over-emphasis on certificates and degrees as evidence of an individual’s qualification to perform a certain job or attaining social status.
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- Credentialism leads to credential inflation.
- The overzealous pursuit of credentials is called diploma disease, a term popularized by Ronald Dore (born 1925) in The Diploma Disease: Education, Qualification, and Development (1976).
- Blau, Peter Michael, and Otis Dudley Duncan. 1967. The American Occupational Structure. New York: Wiley.
- Brown, David K. 1995. Degrees of Control: A Sociology of Educational Expansion and Occupational Credentialism. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Collins, Randall. 1979. The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification. New York: Academic Press.
- Dore, Ronald Philip. 1976. The Diploma Disease: Education, Qualification, and Development. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Wilke, Arthur S. 1979. The Hidden Professoriate: Credentialism, Professionalism, and the Tenure Crisis. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.