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.
"Transparency in outcomes reporting is paramount to the success of the entire programming bootcamp industry. Manipulating statistics is certainly one strategy to boost short term enrollment, but ultimately this sort of scheme develops malignantly, not only rendering the acting school defunct, but damaging the reputation and inhibiting the viability of everyone else in the industry. A strong commitment to outcomes and outcomes reporting was a major influence on my decision to attend the bootcamp I chose. Evaluating each of my options uniformly by viewing them through that lens allowed me to choose the school that was right for me, and in the end, I'm confident that I made the right choice."
- Anthony Peccadillo, CIRR Member School Alumnus
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.