• Raising the Bar

    Raising the Bar

    Schools that produce real results for students aren't afraid of transparency

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.

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"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

Historical Standards

CIRR keeps historical versions of its standards below.

Minor changes to the standards may be published throughout the year; for any given year, the most recent version should be referenced.

Standards may be updated the year following the time period of the reports they govern, since reports are released the year after students graduate. For example, students who graduated in 2016 are reported on in 2017, so the 2016 standards have minor changes in 2017.