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Retain more students

We've combined the power of attendance data and retention surveys to help you identify students who are off-track as early as the first day of class.


Closing the loop

Real-time insights enable effective intervention and targeted support at the earliest signs of struggle

An illustration demonstrating the Cirque process. A mobile phone, displaying a student's profile, sits beside a tablet screen displaying Cirque's Home Report Screen. The student sits perched atop the cell phone, working on their laptop with a grad cap floating above their head. In the foreground, an administrator directs two staff/faculty members to support the student based on their Cirque report. Accompanying copy is as follows: Students - are engaged via iClicker to confirm attendance, participate in and outside of class, or answer brief retention surveys. Administrators - Are guided with clear alerts and reports that illustrate student, class, and cohort trends informed by student engagement with iClicker across campus. This image is sized for desktop viewing.
An illustration demonstrating the Cirque process. A mobile phone, displaying a student's profile, sits beside a tablet screen displaying Cirque's Home Report Screen. The student sits perched atop the cell phone, working on their laptop with a grad cap floating above their head. In the foreground, an administrator directs two staff/faculty members to support the student based on their Cirque report. Accompanying copy is as follows: Students - are engaged via iClicker to confirm attendance, participate in and outside of class, or answer brief retention surveys. Administrators - Are guided with clear alerts and reports that illustrate student, class, and cohort trends informed by student engagement with iClicker across campus. This image is sized for viewing on mobile devices.

How it works

Built to integrate seamlessly with exisiting achievement and retention solutions, Cirque by Macmillan Learning empowers faculty, staff and administrators to identify students who may benefit from additional support to improve their likelihood of success in a course or program of study.


Retention Indicators

Used in conjunction with existing student success solutions, Cirque provides administrators with a more holistic view of students’ experiences—both inside and outside the classroom. Whereas traditional student support systems focus on summative views of students’ experiences, Cirque provides immediate, to-the-minute insights on key components of student engagement and acclimation to campus life.

Cirques insights are powered by three key factors proven to predict student persistence: Student Attendance, Student Engagement, and Student Satisfaction.

1. STUDENT ATTENDANCE
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Class attendance is proven to be one of the earliest and most significant indicators of student retention. All courses with iClicker Attendance enabled have access to insights into potential patterns or anomalies in student attendance that may negatively impact a student's success in the course or indicate the need for additional support.

Feeds insights for:     STUDENTS OF INTEREST REPORT     COURSES OF INTEREST REPORT
2. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Illustration of three iClicker class engagement report screens displayed on various digital devices, and a directional arrow showing that they feed into Cirque's Engagement Reports

Tracking academic engagement provides a wealth of information at both the student and course levels, but interpreting this information in a succinct, actionable way can be an overwhelming proposition without the right tools. Cirque makes strategic use of the data classes generate every day via iClicker to pinpoint when students may benefit from additional academic or skills-based support, and to provide deeper insight into engagement trends within courses or across departments.

Feeds insights for:     STUDENTS OF INTEREST REPORT     COURSES OF INTEREST REPORT
3. STUDENT SATISFACTION
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What stories can an absence tell? Academic habits are but one measure of a successful college student; however, they cannot paint a complete picture on their own. Created by college educators and persistence assessment experts, Cirque's pre-built retention surveys collect and assess students’ self-reported satisfaction on critical non-cognitive factors, like homesickness and campus engagement, to provide crucial context for your outreach efforts and student support networks.

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Feeds insights for:     STUDENT RETENTION SURVEY REPORTS (Noncognitive Factors)

Insights

Cirque provides easily accessible, formative insights on student attendance, engagement, and satisfaction to build a more complete, actionable understanding of your students’ day-to-day experiences. These insights are presented through a suite of targeted reports to expedite interventions and streamline oversight of department and course performance. Cirque's reported insights make it easy to monitor Students of Interest, Courses of Interest, and critical noncognitive factors.

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Students of Interest

Cirque leverages its Student Attendance and Student Engagement reports to pinpoint Students of Interest—those who might need additional attention or personalized support—as early as possible in the semester, and then provides alerts to guide outreach. Our powerful formula fast-tracks faculty, staff and administrative interventions before an issue becomes a real problem.

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Image of Cirque's Courses of Interest report screen

Courses of Interest

Quantify attendance and engagement data on a larger scale to identify notable trends within courses or across departments. Courses of Interest provides outcomes and performance data essential to supporting decision-making around resource needs, evaluating departmental (or campus-wide) initiatives to improve classroom retention and support active learning, and identifying specific classes at risk for poor attendance.

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Image of Cirque's Student Satisfaction/Noncognitive Factors report screen

Noncognitive Factors

Designed to provide reliable “pulse-checks” on student satisfaction, Cirque’s Student Retention Survey is a brief set of deliberate questions proven to assess the earliest indicators of student success (or struggle). The survey's focused content has been vetted, tested and refined over the past three decades using data from 200+ institutions, ensuring results results are clear, meaningful and actionable. These short, effective surveys are easily deployed, and Cirque’s automated reporting offers reliable insights whenever you need them most.

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Implementation

The powerful insights delivered by Cirque can be used to improve student retention in a variety of courses, programs and departments. Below are some examples of how you may decide to implement Cirque on your campus.

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First Year Seminar

First Year Seminars are crucial for acclimation to college life and your institutional culture. Done well, students leave confident in their resources and their place on campus. Using Cirque with First Year initiatives can provide powerful insight into the effectiveness of current curriculum, the developing attendance and academic habits of new students, and the acclimation and integration of your current class—giving users the flexibility to assess and adapt their seminars in real time and the data to support long-term plans.

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Gateway Courses

Thriving gateway courses are an important ingredient for the overall success of an institution, cultivating a knowledgable student body well-prepared for the future in their chosen field of study. Cirque makes it easy to monitor and maintain the health of key gateway courses by compiling trustworthy data on student engagement, the aquisition of foundational material, and course attendance rates—and alerting you when a course is at-risk for substantial drop, fail, and withdrawal rates, while there's still time to act.

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Athletics

College Athletics Departments are often required to track and report the class attendance of their student-athletes, an endeavor that can end up involving a substantial amount of time and energy. Cirque's Student Attendance reporting provides to-the-minute updates on student attendance, and will alert you when a student's attendance record may become an issue—well before eligibility is at risk. Built to pair with iClicker Attendance, faculty can use iClicker's geolocation feature to easily set parameters for student check-ins to class and avoid any funny business.

Applications are endless—what loops will Cirque close on your campus?

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Partners

Cirque has been carefully constructed in conjunction with faculty, technologists, and student success administrators. Our partner institutions include:

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