- A promising high school graduate forgoes opportunities from Ivy League and large public research institutions to pursue a one-year credentialing program at MissionU, a for-profit data science online institution promising students a skill set in a competitive field in exchange for a credential and payback of a portion of earnings to the school once hired. Aidan Cary is one of the thousands of students across the country debating this choice, and was profiled in a recent Wall Street Journal feature.
- MissionU boasts Ivy League-centric acceptance rates, intensive training modules and pipeline opportunities with leading tech companies, an alluring portfolio that attracted more than 10,000 applications for 50 slots since launching last fall.
- The school is similar to models piloted by other for-profit education companies like Praxis, which allows students to amass skill in digital and traditional communications over six months before helping to placed them with reputable start-up firms. “The degree is dead. You need experience,” Praxis’ website boasts in part of its marketing pitch for its $11,000 certification program.