Turing School of Software & Design Releases Annual Student Outcomes Report

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Turing shows commitment to transparency setting it apart from other computer programming bootcamps

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“Turing is strongly committed to transparency,” said Jeff Casimir, Executive Director of the Turing School of Software & Design.

Turing School of Software & Design announced today the release of a full-scale, third-party reviewed data report detailing student outcomes. The outcome report includes data about completion rates, academic success, demographics, employment, salary, tuition costs and more. Turing strives to set the standard in accelerated computer engineering programs. The school will continue to openly publish results and will use it as a guide for how to improve its program year after year.

The data, calculations and methodology of this report were third-party audited by Joseph Kozusko, Ph.D and co-founder of Skills Fund. In summary, Kozusko stated: "The conclusion of Skills Fund is that the Turing School of Software and Design 2015 Outcomes Report is reflective of strong data integrity, uses consistent standards measures and indicates markers of a high-quality accelerated learning program."

“Turing is strongly committed to transparency,” said Jeff Casimir, Executive Director of the Turing School of Software & Design. “By releasing this data, we are held accountable for the promises we make to prospective students and the community. We publish our program’s lesson plans and tutorials, so it only makes sense to be just as transparent with our student outcomes.”

In March of 2015, Turing joined a collective of other computer training programs to form the New Economy Skills Training Association (NESTA). The organization put together a list of outcomes data points that member organizations would publish in the future. Beyond NESTA, Turing’s internal and external culture is based on transparency. Turing publishes all of its lesson plans, tutorials and a few hundred class videos all online free for non-commercial use.

“Go to any major bootcamp website and you’ll see ‘become a web developer,’ ‘use our full-time course as a springboard to a career in web development,’ ‘become a world-class, entry-level web application developer.’ But if you ask them what percentage of their graduates are employed as full-time software developers, they won’t give you their numbers. That is just wrong,” said Jorge Téllez, Director of Growth & Operations at the Turing School in a recent article published on Medium.com.

Here is snapshot of Turing’s 2015 outcomes report. The following data represents cohorts of the Turing School who graduated between December 2014 and December 2015.

Completion Rates
Students enrolled: 136
Students who are still enrolled: 4 (due to repeated modules / breaks)
Students with complete outcomes: 136 - 4 = 132
Number of graduates: 101 (76.5%)
Early Employment Departures: 9 (6.6%)
Satisfactory outcomes: 110 (83.3%) (represents total of graduates + persons employed before graduation)

Academic Success
Each of our four modules is pass/fail. How did graduates do? Among 94 respondents:
Graduated with no repeats: 86 (91.5%)

Each category is broken down by total students and graduates
women: 38 enrolled (28% of enrollees), 27 graduated (27% of graduates)
non-white: 33 enrolled (24% of enrollees), 27 graduated (27% of graduates)
military veterans: 5 enrolled (4% of enrollees), 4 graduated (4% of graduates)
students without a 4-year degree: 27 enrolled (20% of enrollees), 20 graduated (20% of graduates

average salary of employed graduates: $74,535
average increase of yearly salary compared with previous job: $32,929

“Overall we are proud of these results. Some of our key takeaways and intentions for the future are that we must attract, enroll and graduate more women, people of color and veterans. We also must graduate a higher percentage of students without any sacrifice in academic rigor,” said Casimir. Even mixing in those who leave early due to employment, we're looking at a graduation rate in the 80s. MIT hovers in the area of 91-93%. Stanford boasts a 94% graduation rate. We can do better.”

To view the full report, visit http://report.turing.io/.

About Turing School of Software & Design
Turing School of Software & Design is a non-profit professional software developer school specializing in Web Application Development and Front-End Engineering. Turing values come from a desire to create a more diverse workforce and to properly prepare students to enter the workforce upon program completion. As a registered Colorado non-profit, Turing answers to no investors or outside interest, strategies and decisions are guided solely by what will lead to the best learning experience for students. For more information please visit https://www.turing.io/.

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