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.
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.