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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, 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 and in life.

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; $100 for individuals. For more information about becoming a member or to receive membership materials, contact David Holmes, Executive Director, at .

Our 2019 meeting took place at the NACAC national conference on September 25-26 in Louisville, KY. A summary of the meeting and its outcomes will be included on this website.

The Collaborative’s agenda includes: (1) a research report on character assessment in admission; (2) a guide for admission and college counseling staff; (3) online coursework; (4) “Character Partnerships” with schools and colleges, (5) an initiative on athletics, character and recruitment, and (6) dissemination and employment of of “Standards of Good Practice for Including Character Criteria in Admission.”