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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-cognitive, character-related attributes in the admissions process. The goal of the Institute 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 (subtitle: “Advancing Character in Admission“) 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. 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 Institute (now the Character Collaborative) took place on September 26-27, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collaborative committees reported on strategic priorities. The agenda included R&D reports and hands-on workshops.