Shaped by discussions among educational leaders across the nation, the Character Collaborative is national in scope and includes 74 member organizations and 300 active participants. The Collaborative includes important constituencies committed to our common goal of elevating elements of student character in the admissions process.  Now, with the impact of COVID-19, renewed focus on access and equity, and rapid alteration of the testing world, there is an accelerated movement toward holistic admission, including the elevation of character attributes. We invite your involvement in our work

ANNOUNCING THREE  COURSES: Overview, Recommendation Letters & Essays

Recognizing the challenge and opportunity that a vastly increased number of test optional applicants presents to admissions staff, the Character Collaborative in partnership with NACAC announces three on-line courses.  Assessing Character in Admission: Essential Elements reviews the challenges in assessing character, the core principles of character assessment, selecting tools for evidence of character, determining effective ways to rate character, and developing a sound decision-making process. Writing and Evaluating Letters of  Recommendation for Character gives school counselors important guidance on advising teachers and non-school references on how to emphasize character attributes in their letters, and gives admission officers options in evaluating these attributes in a consistent way.  And our newest course, Application Essays: Evaluating and Advising with Character in Mind where 25 experts in college advising, teaching and college admission share insights into how to best prepare students for the application essay and how to discover character attributes through the written word.


An Admission Year Like No Other: What Did We Learn and What Now?  took place virtually on October 12-13, 2021. The program featured an opening keynote address by Jon McGee, author of Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education and now Head of School at St. John’s Prep in Collegeville, MN; a report from Making Caring Common, an interactive interview with Stanford’s Denise Pope; and a fireside chat with incoming NACAC president Ffiona Rees and David Hawkins, NACAC’s chief education and policy officer. In addition, the conference offered several panels of admission professionals reviewing the year and what is likely to follow. Proceedings of the conference can be found HERE.