Many school websites tout upfront job placement rates. The catch? While claiming "transparency", many schools use complicated methods that exclude many students to calculate outcomes data.
The easiest way for a school to increase the reported percentage of graduates securing jobs is to find reasons to exclude grads from the calculation (i.e., students seeking “self-enrichment” or “to found a start-up” or “non-job seeking”). Who falls into these categories is entirely at a school's discretion, and state regulations vary, which often delays or dilutes reporting rules.
Too many colleges and universities shy away from holding themselves accountable for student outcomes and simply view the degree as the outcome. Not CIRR schools. We have strong student outcomes without resorting to footnotes to prove it.
CIRR standards are transparent.
The outcome for 100% of students must be reported in a single, simple, clear report.
"Before attending a bootcamp to transition into software, I worked for a decade in grad-level education, where I always pressed my students to understand employment outcomes before they funneled tuition into a graduate or professional school. Unfortunately, plenty of types of schools would inflate their employment outcomes by reporting 'creative' stats; the entire law school industry went down for this practice. I really believe that the faster-moving entities in the education space--for-profit programs and bootcamps, especially--will help overhaul our dinosaur academic system by upholding the highest standards in employment results and reporting.
For my part, I ended up deciding on my software engineering program in large part because of its employment outcomes and strong brand in the employer community. Now, as an alum, it's even more important to me that the program retain transparency.”
- Kay Christensen, CIRR Member School Alumnus
In addition, schools must annually have their numbers – and the records they keep to prove them – verified by an independent third party, such as their auditing firm.
Please see below for CIRR's standards and sample school reports.