Over the Mountains and Through the Snow: Hearing Experiences from Different Stakeholders.

The past few months have been exciting! Xcalibur staff have been traveling and engaging in discussions with high school students, college students, parents, educators, and GEAR UP staff about their GEAR UP experiences. In addition to collecting data for the Annual Performance Report (APR), many GEAR UP grants have accompanying evaluation questions for which quantitative…

Getting More Thoughtful about Postsecondary Options for Students

When we think about postsecondary options for students, we immediately think about education options like public or private universities or colleges, community colleges, career/technical schools, vocational/trade schools, centers for continuing education, campus transition programs, and apprenticeship programs. As a result, our postsecondary programming and planning often focus exclusively on these education options. The truth is,…

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Evaluate Your Thinking

Do you find yourself making decisions based on your gut instincts again and again? Do your initiatives seem to falter rather than gain traction? If so, then it may be time for a tune up of your evaluative thinking. Evaluative thinking is critical thinking applied to the context of evaluation. It is the heart of…

#WhyApply

The #WhyApply campaign celebrates the college application season by sharing supportive and motivating messages on social media about the importance of college and why students should apply. Whether applying to a certificate program, two-year college, or four-year university, celebrating this critical and necessary step on the journey to postsecondary education is essential.  Working in the…

Does Biden’s College Loan Forgiveness Program turn “college” into a trigger word? And what does that mean for college access grants?

Certain words and phrases elicit intense positive or negative emotions. These are called trigger words, which can usually be grouped into related categories; culture, government, media, pop culture, social debate, and other (pertaining to localities). With the announcement of Biden’s Loan Forgiveness Program, “college” now falls within each category. The landmark move to wipe out…

Find Where You’re Missing Data

The APR is coming up and you’ve been using SCRIBE to record your students’ demographics, services and participation, test scores and grades so you’re in a good position to complete the report. But what if you run the APR Section IV Student Demographics Report in SCRIBE and notice a larger-than-expected number of UNKNOWN students under…

Welcome to the Team

Welcome to the Team

While everyone else is prepping for back to school season, at Xcalibur we are busy on-boarding three new evaluation specialists!  We are excited to introduce Dr. Comfort Afolabi, Melisssa Gattuso, and Catherine Villnave to our Xcalibur clients and SCRIBE users.  Each of our new team members bring diverse experiences with GEAR UP, data, and evaluation.…