Friday, November 6, 2015

Flatiron's Enbar talks bootcamp accreditation, jobs, for-profit concerns - Roger Riddell, Education Dive

The coding bootcamp's 99% job placement rate is verified by an independent audit. Coding bootcamps and other alternative credentialing programs have boomed in popularity since arriving in the higher ed space, largely on the promise of a more cost-effective and efficient path to a career. With that rapid ascent, particularly as various fields have taken their graduates' credentials increasingly seriously, has come questions of oversight and accreditation. At the end of the day, who guarantees quality and outcomes? And should these programs be eligible for federal aid? The U.S. Department of Education recently took the first step in answering those questions with the announcement of its Educational Quality Through Innovation Partnerships (EQUIP) program, a pilot that will provide Title IV funding to partnerships between higher ed institutions and nontraditional programs.

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