• David

    Current Lambda student here. I think it’s worth pointing out some issues in this article.
    Lambda received a citation from the CBPE. Saying “Wait until you dig deeper to find out why this actually happened” is rather misleading. There’s zero evidence to support any deeper meaning in this article or any of its sources. There’s no reason not to allow that it may have been a simple misunderstanding.
    Academic formalities work well for a college, but not a bootcamp. Lambda’s curriculum changes several times a year to incorporate new technologies. React underwent major changes last year, and the curriculum now includes some React features that are only a few months old. Personally, I’m glad that I can learn about job-relevant emerging technologies and don’t have to wait for an external board to approve changes. Tech just moves fast for that. There *are* no national course standards for the practical skills bootcamps teach, because colleges don’t tend to focus on practical skills. Personally, I see this as a plus and not a minus.
    I read the BI article about student complaints. What the complainers missed is that “forc[ing] students to learn on their own” is intentional and beneficial. In a job, developers learn new things on their own constantly. A strength of the curriculum is that it challenges you to figure things out on your own rather than spoon-feeding you every detail.
    I can’t comment on the UX curriculum as a Web student. Our curriculum seems overall rather solid. I’m sorry to hear if UX isn’t done well.
    The ISA is rather mischaracterized here. It stipulates that students pay a portion of their income *if and only if* they work in a job related to their Lambda curriculum. Someone who leaves Lambda to work in finance doesn’t pay anything from their “personal income”, ever. Students also don’t sign the ISA until they’ve been enrolled for a full month, so early drop-outs never pay anything at all. It may be imperfect, but I think the ISA does support Lambda’s goals of (1) aligning student and school incentives and (2) allowing disadvantaged students to enroll.