When coding bootcamps started gaining popularity, we wondered if tension would arise between traditional universities and these alternative education providers. On the contrary, a trend arose and universities have now been partnering with coding bootcamps for a few years now. When the Department of Education announced the EQUIP Initiative in October 2015, these collaborations were formalized by the US government; but EQUIP is just one example amongst the myriad of strategic and independent partnerships between universities and coding bootcamps.
Updated April 27, 2017
Curious about EQUIP? In essence, a university partnered with a coding bootcamp and a quality assurance entity (QAE), and as a result, students could effectively get financial aid and/or college credit for completing a coding bootcamp. The DOE called these partnerships “test sites” and announced awarded $17M in grants in August 2016 (see Trend #4 for more information). We haven’t heard an update on EQUIP since August 2016, but we’ll update this article if that changes. 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.”
Below, we’ll explore the trends in collaboration between universities and coding bootcamps (including non-DOE affiliated partnerships, and universities launching their own in-house coding bootcamps).
Trend #1: University + Coding Bootcamp Partnerships
These are partnerships where a coding bootcamp either offers classes on the university campus, taught by the bootcamp’s own professors, or students can study at the coding bootcamp campus but get college credit. Some of these partnerships also allow students to use the GI Bill to pay for coding bootcamp tuition.
Coding Dojo + Bellevue College
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. Trilogy Education also offers a 24-week part-time bootcamp at the University of Utah – see below.
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.
RefactorU + National American University
Revature + Several Universities (University of Missouri + City University of New York + Queens College + University of Maryland University College)
Revature offers its free 12-week coding program at the University of Missouri, the City University of New York, Queens College and the University of Maryland University College. The program covers Java and .NET and graduates of the program are guaranteed employment with Revature, get professional certification, and placed in software engineering jobs. Students can also take RevaturePro, a free self-paced online coding program.
Sabio.la + 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 (including the GI Bill) to participants.
Software Guild + Several Universities (Kent State University + Oregon State University + University of Georgia)
Software Guild has partnered with three universities to offer a master apprentice 10 to 14-month online coding bootcamp where students spend around 20 hours per week in a collaborative and flexible online learning environment. Students will have regular access to instructors and teacher assistants for guidance. See the school websites: Kent State Coding Boot Camp, Oregon State Coding Boot Camp, University of Georgia.
Wyncode + Lynn University
Wyncode has partnered with Lynn University to offer nine university credits to students who graduate from the nine-week web development bootcamp. Wyncode also conducts graduate level courses on the Lynn University campus.
Trend #2: Universities Launching Internal Coding Bootcamps
A number of universities have now launched internal coding bootcamps themselves, and are not affiliated with an outside education provider.
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.
Trend #3: Continuing Education Departments Offering Bootcamps
Several universities have partnered with Trilogy Education to launch part-time bootcamps in their continuing education departments. Each bootcamp is usually offered on the university campus through the school’s department of continuing education. Graduates are not eligible for college credit but will receive a certificate of completion from the host university.
Trend #4: EQUIP Partnerships
As explained earlier, universities partner with a 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.
Flatiron School partners with SUNY Empire State College to offer a certificate program in web development.
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.
Trend #5: Community College Bootcamps
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.
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. Some coding bootcamps such as The Iron Yard have also been acquired by universities – check out our coding bootcamp acquisitions article.
Did we miss a collaboration that you know about? Leave us a comment below!
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