The Character Collaborative, founded in 2016 as the Institute on Character and Admission, 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 growing in interest and numbers. 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 our initiative. For more information, you may contact David Holmes at .

Our next full meeting will take place at the NACAC national conference on September 25 (PM)-26 (AM), 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky at the OMNI Hotel.

Collaborative’s agenda for elevating character in admission includes: (1) practitioner’s handbook for admission and college counseling staff, (2)  consulting service and online courses for admission professionals, and (3) dissemination of standards of good practice for including character criteria in admission.