- Students spend precious time and money on their education. Don't they deserve to know before applying if a school produces the results they seek?
The Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is a non-profit organization whose members believe that prospective students should know a school's outcomes before deciding whether to enroll. The CIRR standards prevent deceptive graduation and job placement marketing practices and ensure a student can trust what a school advertises.
CIRR provides a standardized system for measuring and reporting student outcomes that all of its schools use. The measurement standards are straightforward for schools to implement; and the reporting standards are both simple for students to understand, and complete in that they account for 100% of enrolled students.
Does your school meet CIRR's high standards for integrity of reporting on student outcomes?
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, and 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.
Many school websites tout upfront job placement rates. The catch? While claiming "transparency", they often use complicated methods that exclude many students to inflate their numbers.
CIRR standards are transparent. We've fixed the problem of schools manipulating or hiding their outcome data, by requiring that for CIRR members, the outcomes of every enrolled student must be reported in a single, simple, clear report.
- How many graduated on time?
- How many accepted a full-time job in the field for which they trained within six months?
- How many secured part-time jobs?
- Did the school itself hire any graduates?
- How many students jobs are in fields outside of what they studied for?
- What are the salaries of grads who started jobs in their field of study?
In addition, schools must annually have their numbers – and the records they keep to prove them – verified by an independent auditor.