With the release of Hackbright Academy’s latest Outcomes Report, our CEO Sharon Wienbar shares her input on transparency when choosing a school.
Today Hackbright published our results in the CIRR format.
“We are as proud of our outcome numbers as we are of the grads who achieve them.” I said that the last time we published an outcomes report. Now I can add that Hackbright is also proud to again be at the forefront of our industry, advocating for reporting that is student-first in its clarity and simplicity. Today Hackbright published its outcomes in the CIRR standard format–the Council on Integrity of Results Reporting.
Hackbright’s CIRR report and the other Council members’ reports published today mark the first time that students, employers and industry partners can see schools’ data in a common, clear, simple table that explains 100% of the graduate outcomes with no footnotes. Hackbright has held this goal dear since our earliest days, and we celebrate the dawn of this new era when “transparency” in outcomes reporting means students can see the facts without parsing footnotes and exclusions.
We’ve been working on this mission for a long time. Hackbright Academy’s founder was the founding chairman of NESTA–the New Economy Skills Training Association. In March 2015, a group of ten schools came together, chaired by David Phillips, and announced that they would develop a common reporting framework. David said then, “As our industry continues to grow rapidly, it is crucial that our schools provide consistent and reliable statistics to ensure we’re held to the highest standards demanded by our students and America’s top companies. We are excited to collaborate with leaders of other top coding schools to establish these best practices.”
With NESTA, there was not a definitive date, and we see that the early good intentions frittered away without achieving the common good. Now, CIRR launched with 15 members, an even larger group of schools, on March 1, 2017. Here we are, one month later, unveiling common reports in a simple, single table, for over a dozen schools.
Hackbright Academy is licensed by the California State BPPE, was the founding chair of NESTA and is now a founding member of CIRR. We care that our students and partners can trust and verify our student outcomes we love to talk about.