Since the Department of Education announced the EQUIP Initiative in October 2015, we’ve heard a bit of buzz around potential partnerships between universities and alternative education providers (read: coding bootcamps).

ICYMI, you could read the entire Federal Register or the slightly more condensed fact sheet. Or, spend a minute reading this NYT article and this NPR coverage. In essence, a university will partner with coding bootcamp and a quality assurance entity (QAE), and as a result, students can effectively get financial aid and/or college credit for completing a coding bootcamp. The DOE calls these partnerships “test sites.” Some say that financial aid is a great idea for coding bootcamps. Others, like Jordan Weissmann at Slate, say that expanding the financial aid system will “ruin coding bootcamps.”

The deadline for submitting a letter of intent to participate in EQUIP was December 15th, and the Department of Education announced the recipients of $17M in grants in August 2016 (see Trend #4 for more information). The next step is for these bootcamps to set up their programs and submit them to the Department of Education for final approval, so whether these test sites are a success remains to be seen. But this is actually not the first time we’ve seen coding bootcamps collaborate with universities and community colleges. In fact, these partnerships have been forming for some time.

Trend #1: University + Coding Bootcamp Partnerships

GalvanizeU + University of New Haven

GalvanizeU-New Haven is a strategic partnership between the University of New Haven and Galvanize. Students learn Data Science from faculty appointed by the university in collaboration with Galvanize. And it all culminates in an accredited 12-month Master of Science in Data Science. While degrees are granted through UNH, students still get to learn at the Galvanize San Francisco campus. + Antioch College

Sabio and Antioch University Los Angeles have partnered to offer two web programming courses: Intro to Web Development and Full Stack Web Development starting in 2016.

Students learn on the Antioch University campus, but are taught by Sabio instructors using the Sabio teaching approach. This partnership also opens college credit and financial aid to participants.

General Assembly + Lynn University

General Assembly is teaming up with private Florida university, Lynn University, to offer a 16-week “technology design” bootcamp. Students pay tuition ($14,000 + housing), learn at General Assembly’s New York or San Francisco campuses, and earn 15 credits from Lynn University.

This partnership is certainly an example of what an EQUIP test site could look like, although the program is taking off before EQUIP is officially underway.

Flatiron School + Southern New Hampshire University

The partnership between Flatiron School and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is in its nascency, but expect to see Flatiron’s online program, Learn.Verified, incorporated in a big way. As it’s described by SNHU, the initiative will be a “3+1 program through which on campus SNHU students will follow up a three-year academic program with six months in the Flatiron program and an internship/apprenticeship during the final semester before graduation.”

DevPoint Labs + University of Utah

DevPoint Labs has partnered with the University of Utah's Professional Education department to provide a full-time 11-week web development program, aimed at adults who want to change careers. The program will cost $9,995 with scholarship opportunities for women and minority groups. The partnership has allowed DevPoint Labs to lower the cost of the program which is usually $11,000. The program launches in May 2017 and will take place at the University of Utah Sandy Center.

Trend #2: Universities Launching Internal Coding Bootcamps

Level (Northeastern)

Level offers 8-week full time and 20-week part-time/hybrid Data Analytics bootcamp at Northeastern campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, and Silicon Valley. Unlike some of the schools on this list, Level is not a collaboration between a bootcamp and a university, but rather a bootcamp developed by a University. The curriculum was created by Northeastern University and students receive a “certificate of completion” from Northeastern. Graduates of the bootcamp are eligible to be accepted into Northeastern's Masters of Analytics program, with transferrable credits from the bootcamp.

Rockit Bootcamp and The Iron Yard (University of Phoenix)

In 2014 the University of Phoenix launched Rockit Bootcamp, a 12-week web development bootcamp. Rockit has now closed, but in 2015 the University of Phoenix parent company Apollo Education made a significant investment in The Iron Yard, a coding school which operates across the US and the UK.

Trend #3: Continuing Education Departments Offers Bootcamps

Rutgers Coding Boot Camp

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp is offered on campus in New Brunswick through the Division of Continuing Studies. Graduates are not eligible for college credit will receive a certificate from the Rutgers University Department of Continuing Studies.

The Coding Bootcamp at UT Austin

The Coding Bootcamp at UT Austin is offered on campus in Austin through the Center of Professional Education. Graduates are not eligible for college credit, but will receive a certificate from UT Austin, showcasing accomplishments to future employers.

University of Central Florida Coding Bootcamp

UCF Coding Bootcamp is offered at the Seminole State College Sanford/Lake Mary Campus through UCF’s Division for Continuing Education. Graduates are not eligible for college credit.

Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp

The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is a 10-week web development bootcamp taught at the CNM STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque. The STEMulus Center is powered by Central New Mexico Community College. As a non-credit program, graduates receive a certificate of completion, which is not a degree.

Trend #4: EQUIP Partnerships

Flatiron School

Flatiron School will partner with SUNY Empire State College to offer a certificate program in web development.


MakerSquare partnered with the University of Texas-Austin to offer a 13-week web development certificate program. This program no longer runs since MakerSquare was rebranded to Hack Reactor. 

Zip Code Wilmington

Zip Code Wilmington will partner with Wilmington University to offer a 12-week software development bootcamp


Epicodus will partner with Marylhurst University to offer a 27-week web and mobile development certificate program. 

Where do we go from here?

These examples are proof that collaboration between bootcamps and universities takes many nuanced forms. There isn’t a cookie-cutter formula that schools can apply to create a partnership. The partnership has to fit the needs of students and benefit both the bootcamp and the university. We’re just seeing the first partnerships arise between universities and coding bootcamps- stay tuned for updates! 

Did we miss a collaboration that you know about? Leave us a comment below!

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