Jan 202017

Documenting Student Outcomes in Higher Education

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Flatiron School co-founders Adam Enbar and Avi Flombaum in the New York complex where students learn to code. The school has a money-back guarantee that its graduates will get jobs.

Documenting Student Outcomes -NEW YORK — Just outside the cavernous loft that serves as the campus of the Flatiron School, tourists line up to take selfies with the famous statue of a charging bull that symbolizes nearby Wall Street.

Free enterprise is also on display inside, where students work in teams and with instructors to learn coding, the kind of computer programming that makes possible websites, apps, and software. It’s a hot field with median pay of nearly $80,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If the strong job market for coders drew them to this bright and buzzing place instead of a conventional university or college, so did something else: a guarantee that they’ll receive a full-time job offer in the field within six months of finishing, or get their money back.

“A higher education is one of the most expensive purchases a person will make in their life. And we’re asking them to make it when they’re 17 and specifically telling them not to worry about the consequences,” said Flatiron co-founder Adam Enbar.

Today, said Beth Akers, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, “The stakes are getting much higher.”

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