• Xcalibur Team Reflects on 2023

    Jimmy V said, “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have […]

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    GEAR UP Together! Excel Skill-Building Workshops

    I have been working in the GEAR UP space for over eight years, and prior to that I worked with educators in schools and school districts to help them use data to inform decisions.  Throughout my career there has been one constant…Excel!  Excel has been the primary tool that I’ve […]

  • 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 […]

  • Updated import module posted in SCRIBE

    Xcalibur has just launched a new import module for SCRIBE! SCRIBE was down for a few hours on Monday to post the new import module. Here’s what to expect… The new Import List allows you to sort imports by School Year, Keyword, the Last 3 Months, any import Requiring Action […]

  • Xcalibur Adds to the Team!

    Xcalibur is pleased to announce the newest member of its team–Allie Sheldon! Allie Sheldon joins Xcalibur after working as the Database Research Analyst for the Central Washington University GEAR UP grants. At CWU GEAR UP she standardized the grant’s data collection and import practices using SCRIBE and is excited to […]

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    To Exit or Not to Exit…that is the Question!

    Summertime brings sunshine, trips to the pool, and margaritas!  It also brings the end of the school year which means student graduate, get promoted, or get retained. What does this mean for student enrollment and data collection in SCRIBE? We recommend that all students are exited at the end of […]

  • Students Who Participate in College Visits Have an Advantage Over Students Who Don’t!

    Students Who Participate in College Visits Have an Advantage Over Students Who Don’t!

    For those of us who work in the college and career access field, it comes as no surprise that students who participate in college visits have an advantage in the admissions process over students who do not participate in college visits.  A recent article on InsideHigherEd.com reinforces that, “A student who visits campus, […]

  • New School Year Means New Users

    New School Year Means New Users

      It’s that time of year when students are back at school and GEAR UP is in full swing.  The beginning of the school year is a great time to do some SCRIBE housekeeping.  Managing your list of active users is critical.  This type of maintenance ensures only those who should […]

  • Do You Think Beyond the Pie Chart?

    Do You Think Beyond the Pie Chart?

    As part of the 2017 GEAR UP Annual Conference in San Francisco, Xcalibur team members Julie Jaramillo and Tricia Brainard partnered with Becky Young from GEAR UP Maine to challenge participants to Think Beyond the Pie Chart.     The group developed the Five C’s to See Your Data as […]

  • GEAR UP Maine Data Visualization & Management Training

    GEAR UP Maine Data Visualization & Management Training

    Xcalibur’s Director of Data Quality, Julie Jaramillo, traveled to Bangor, Maine for the GEAR UP Maine Data Steward Training. The team met to discuss SCRIBE Reports, Service Naming Conventions, the GEAR UP Maine Service Taxonomy, and learn about the 5 C’s for Visualizing Data.  In the picture above, GEAR UP […]