With so many options for coding bootcamps, potential students rely heavily on student outcomes to make informed decisions. CIRR (Council on Integrity in Results Reporting) is the new gold-standard for displaying and publishing student outcomes for coding bootcamps.
Fullstack Academy is one of 15 reporting member-schools to voluntarily submit their outcomes reporting to uniformly strict standards. Bootcamps that aren’t adherent to CIRR standards can, and do, devise their own standards — these may incorporate exclusions or allowances that boost a school’s graduate hiring rate.
Common corner-cutting measures can include:
- Not counting graduates who did not respond to survey requests
- Not counting graduates who returned to college/sought additional education post-program
- Not counting students who did not complete the program
- Not counting students who launched their own company after graduation
- Not disclosing graduates who were hired by the bootcamp itself
- Equating internships/contract work with full-time employment
- Equating any type of employment with in-field employment
- Flexible time-windows for results reporting
- Non-disclosure of salary-breakdowns
CIRR members must report statistics on an ongoing basis and provide a breakdown of results according to:
- Campus location
- Salary range
- Graduate starting job title
- Time to employment
- Type of employment
- Student retention rates
- A consistent 6-month reporting window
CIRR schools must display their results prominently for prospective students to evaluate. If your research uncovers hiring rates which seem unbelievable, it may be worth checking whether a school adheres to transparent reporting standards. Fullstack Academy and The Grace Hopper Program’s results can be found by visiting their respective homepages.