Institute Sessions, September 21-22, 2016

September 21, Wednesday

8:30-9: Continental Breakfast

9-9:30: Opening

David Holmes, Bob Massa
Welcome; purpose of the Institute
Review of attendee list/profile of group/speaker      bios
Schedule of the Institute
Importance of non-cognitive learning

9:30-9:45: Common Ground: Setting Scene for Our Work

David Holmes
Character work: who are the players?
Admissions decision-making: baseline data
Hard realities of admissions: range of Institute        outcomes

9:45-10:30: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth, with Don Kamentz
Research findings on character and success
Reception of Grit book and its impact
Identifying youth with grit (research base)
How to think about “passion and perseverance” in admission
(Skype presentation with Q&A)

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: Character Among Youth: Consequences for Admission

Rick Weissbourd, with Lloyd Thacker
“Turning the Tide” report: impact and future
Project to assess ethical character in admissions and to motivate ethical behavior among HS students
Project to assess diligence and resilience in admissions among low-income students facing family responsibilities
Call to action in admissions
(Skype presentation with Q&A)

11:30-noon: Summary of Morning

Important conclusions of the morning
Implications for the goals of the Institute
(“scribes” and group identify key points)

noon-1: Lunch (seats assigned)

1-1:45: College Admissions Evolution: Implications for Non-Cognitive Learning and Admission

Jerry Lucido, Bob Massa
College admissions evolution
Emergence of non-cognitive learning in admissions equation
Potential for change in enrollment management

1:45-2:45: Assessing Non-Cognitive Learning

Educational Testing Service — Sam Rikoon
Initiatives to develop non-cognitive/character assessments for K-12 schools and higher education

The College Board — Carol Barry, Jennifer Merriman
Initiatives and future directions in non-cognitive assessments
Collaborations with schools

The Enrollment Management Association — Jinghua Liu
Development of character skills assessment in secondary schools

2:45-3:15: Break

3:15-4: Test Optional Movement

Bill Hiss, Steve Syverson
Origins and progress of test optional project
How the test optional schools are changing college admission

4:00-5:15: Panel of College Admissions Deans/VPs

Jim Bock, Swarthmore College
Christoph Guttentag, Duke University
Nancy Meislahn, Wesleyan University
Stu Schmill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderator: Rob Franek, The Princeton Review

Character attributes in admission decisions
Constraints and possibilities for the future
Institutionalizing authentic change

5:15-5:30: Summary of Afternoon

Important conclusions and implications for Institute goals
(“scribes” and group identify key points)

6-9: Celebration of a Common Purpose

Reception and dinner
Thanks/tomorrow’s work

September 22, Thursday

8-8:30: Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45: Our Mission for the Day

David Holmes, Bob Massa
Intended outcomes for the day
Methodology w/work groups
Our theory of change
Our readiness to commit

8:45-9:45: Uniting Around Common Ideas, Goals, Actions

Charge to small groups and recorders: topics; intended destination

  1. Group #1
  2. Group #2
  3. Group #3
  4. Group #4
  5. Group #5
  6. Group #6

9:45-10:30: Reporting Out and Conclusions

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: The Rubber Hits the Road – Crafting Experiments/New Approaches

Small groups craft experiments

11:30-12: Reporting Out: Specific Plans and Commitments

Group recorders report out

12-12:30: Institute Conclusion

Summary/outcomes of two days
Report of Institute to attendees (within 2 weeks)
Writing a report for national audience
Future of the Institute

1:30 on: Optional — draft key points/outline of report

Work with David, Bob, others