We are happy to announce that we are now a member of the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR)! This means that we will start reporting our student outcomes using the CIRR methodology, an industry-wide standard for reporting student outcomes.

We’re incredibly excited about being a founding CIRR member and releasing our data in the CIRR format for two main reasons: transparency and comparability.

Since our first class, prospective students have asked us what percentage of our graduates find jobs, and we’ve always done our best to track and share that information. However, we’ve come to realize that a single “job placement rate” hides a lot of important details. How do we count students who don’t seek work? What about part-time or contract positions? How do we report graduates who don’t ever return our emails or calls?

The CIRR format addresses these problems by going beyond a single placement percentage, and giving us 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. The CIRR standard is different from most other reporting formats because it reports on every student who enrolled in our classes, making it completely transparent.

The second reason we’re so excited about CIRR is that we’re one of 15 schools who is using the exact same definitions to measure our outcomes, and the exact same format to report them. (Plus, another 25 schools have asked to join since CIRR’s first public announcement last month.) So as a prospective student, you can compare among any CIRR school you’re interested in attending, and know that their outcomes numbers mean the same thing. If you’re considering attending a school that isn’t a CIRR member, we encourage you to ask them to join so that you can compare their outcomes, too.

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, 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.

Have questions about CIRR, SPICED Academy’s student outcomes or interested in learning how to code? Send an email to Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues, Director of Programs & Community (shilpa@spiced-academy.com).

* The American Bar Association’s employment summary reports for law schools is the closest standard to CIRR, but it does not include the length of time graduates take to find employment, and does not include salary data. The US Department of Education College Scorecard reports only on data from federal financial aid recipients, only 10 years after starting school, and only median salary. Some schools report outcomes based on their own definitions, but not in a comparable way. We’re not aware of any other sets of comparable outcomes data.