State regulation may help coding bootcamps maintain quality
- Coding bootcamps have remained largely untouched by accreditors and the federal government, but the third leg of the regulatory triad has worked to ensure growth in the sector happens carefully.
- Inside Higher Ed reports that top enroller General Assembly has earned regulatory approval in eight states and has said the process was collaborative in most of them, offering good internal analysis for expansion.
- While the conversations with state regulators often require negotiations — perhaps especially concerning the qualifications of instructors — providers have found they can ultimately figure out a path forward.
Coding bootcamps have been touted by politicians advocating a strengthened job training role for higher education, and President Barack Obama supported the intensive training courses with the Tech Hire initiative.
Just last year, however, state regulators seemed set to tamp down on growth in the sector. California took a public stand against the programs, saying they were operating illegally, and other states followed suit, mostly quietly. Inside Higher Ed’s reporting indicates that the conversations since then have been positive.
- Inside Higher Ed When regulation pays
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