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The Character Collaborative joins educators with a common interest in elevating non-academic factors and character-related attributes in the admissions process. The goal of the Collaborative 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 among educational leaders across the nation, the Character Collaborative is national in scope and includes 74 member organizations and 140 active participants. The Collaborative 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.

We believe 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 develop and disseminate strategies, materials and practices that elevate character attributes in the admission equation, which we believe will lead to the development and deepening of these characteristics throughout the school experience.

The Character Collaborative is a membership organization, and we invite you and your institution to join the “character movement” in admission. Memberships are $1000 for colleges and universities, $500 for schools, organizations and projects, and $100 for individuals. For more information, contact David Holmes, Executive Director, at .

Our 2019 meeting takes place at the NACAC national conference on September 25 (PM)-26 (AM), 2019, in Louisville, KY at the OMNI Hotel.

The Collaborative’s action agenda includes: (1) a report on the state-of-the-art in assessing character in admission; (2) a practitioner’s handbook for admission and college counseling staff; (3)  online coursework; (4) “Character Partnerships” with schools and colleges, and (5) dissemination of “Standards of Good Practice for Including Character Criteria in Admission.”