The Character Collaborative, founded in 2016 as the Institute on Character and Admission, is the joining of 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 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 results of the 2016 and 2017 meetings of leading educators are included in the Report section of this website.

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 .

The third national meeting of the Character Collaborative took place on September 26-27, 2018. Our next national meeting will take place on September 25-26, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Collaborative’s agenda includes these initiatives: (1) report on best practices in the assessment of character attributes in admission, (2) “practitioner’s handbook,” and (3) professional development workshops for admission staff.