Students want to be sure they enroll in high-quality schools and see a return on their education.
Employers, desperately in need of trained workers, want to recruit from schools that teach in-demand skills.
Regulators want to protect consumers, while not squelching much-needed innovation in workforce development and higher education.
Investors, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into innovative schools directly and indirectly via student financing, want to invest in quality programs and not repeat mistakes of the past.
Taking into account all these stakeholders, CIRR’s standards start with these principles:
Our standards provide information that enables students to make good decisions and schools to continuously improve.
We collect data and document outcomes in a way that auditors, regulators, or other quality assurance entities can verify what we report.
Our standards are quantifiable and reasonable to implement.
Our standards and reporting are straightforward and easy-to-understand.
We are forthright in how we define standards and communicate outcomes.
We believe that if we focus on the student, all else will follow. We put the student first in all of our standards.