The Institute on Character and Admission is the joining of educators with a common interest in elevating non-cognitive, character-related attributes in the admissions process. The goal of the Institute is to change admissions practice at the higher and secondary education levels to reflect the significance of character strengths in attaining success in school, college, and work.
Shaped by discussions involving David Holmes and his colleagues at Community School (ID), Bob Massa, longtime college admissions leader now at Drew University (NJ), and educational leaders across the nation, the Institute on Character and Admission has taken shape since early 2016. The Institute includes important constituencies committed to our common goal, including college and independent school admission directors, school placement directors, representatives of leading educational associations, educational reformers, standardized testing experts, independent educational counselors, researchers, etc. A premise is that the admission process and admission decisions are complex, play out over many years, and involve people across many arenas and educational levels. There is much at stake for students, parents, schools and colleges, and our nation.

The intended outcome is to define strategies and experiments that elevate character attributes in the admission equation. The results of the 2016 and 2017 meetings of leading educators are included in the Report section of this website.

The Institute is a membership organization, and we invite you and your institution to join our initiative. For more information, you may contact David Holmes at .

The third national meeting of the Institute will take place on September 26-27, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Institute committees are working on several strategic priorities.