Today, Ironhack is very excited to announce its provisional membership in the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR). We’re incredibly excited about being a CIRR member and preparing to release our outcomes data in the CIRR format, which we’re committed to doing by April 23rd, 2018.
We’re joining CIRR because we believe in providing our prospective students with all the information they need to make an informed decision about whether Ironhack is right for them. The CIRR standard goes beyond a single “placement rate” percentage and provides a simple table to report all of the different outcomes our graduates have, including full-time employment, part-time and contract, entrepreneurs, and so on. It also goes beyond a single average salary statistic and gives us a format to report income brackets for our graduates, as well as common job titles. CIRR is different from most other reporting formats because it reports on every student who enrolled in our classes, making it completely transparent.
Joining CIRR is a process that takes time because every single outcome we report must be backed up by rigorous documentation and a yearly third-party audit. Ironhack is working hard to gather that documentation so that we can make sure we report accurate numbers.
To the best of our knowledge, CIRR is the first time that any group of schools ever has come together and agreed upon a transparent, comparable set of outcomes reporting standards. While we can’t compare our outcomes directly to any other schools outside of the coding school industry, we can compare it to data available on two- and four-year institutions as a whole, where 55% of first-time students graduate within 6 years; 35.7% of returning college attendees ever finish; and 27.3% of graduates work in a field related to their major. We’re hopeful that the CIRR standards pave the way for all higher education institutions to eventually begin reporting their outcomes data in a transparent, comparable format.