Character Collaborative September 2022 Meeting Program

Character Collaborative Annual Meeting, September 21-22, 2022

Hilton-Americas Hotel-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street                                                                                                                      Ballroom D, Level 4

“Character and Admission:  Shaping the Future”

 Wednesday, September 21                                                                                          

12:00 – 12:15    Lunch — Welcome and Introductions — David Holmes, Executive Director

12:15 – 1:00      Character Assessment Tools in Action (informal discussion over lunch)

                                    “Character Strengths Assessment” and “Character Skills Snapshot”

                                    (Instruments (sent before meeting)

                                    Goal: Learn about our own character strengths and about how character                                    strengths assessment can help in the school search process (finding fit)

                                    Ray Diffley, RD3Education

                                    Keith Wright, Enrollment Management Association

1 – 1:30             Ethical College Admission: Our Character Mission/Our Reciprocal Obligation

                                    Tom Bear, Board Chair, Character Collaborative

                                    David Holmes, Executive Director

1:30 – 4:30        Bringing Our Mission to Reality: Case Studies               

                                    University of Notre Dame — Paul Mueller

                                    New York University — Jonathan Williams

                                    University of Pennsylvania — John McLaughlin


                                    Enrollment Management Association — Keith Wright

                                    Character in College Advising — Brennan Barnard

                                    Common Ap and Character — Trisha Anderson

4:30 – 5:30        NACAC and Character Collaborative: Working Together to Expand Impact

                                    David Hawkins, NACAC Chief Education and Policy Officer

                                    Bob Massa and Tom Bear, Character Collaborative Executive Board

5:45                  Reception

6:15                 Dinner w/Keynote Speaker-Facilitator)

                                    “Questions and Conclusions From Day One” (remarks; group discussion)

                                    Erby Mitchell , Dean of Admission, Hotchkiss School

Thursday, September 22

7:30-8:00          Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:10          Overview of Day #2

                                    Tom Bear, Board Chair

                                    David Holmes, Executive Director

8:10 – 9:55        Critical Issues and Challenges (Commentary and /Group Discussion)

                Establishing Validity and Impact w/Research —  Nathan Kuncel, University of Minnesota

                How Institutions Build Internal Consensus and Communicate the Character Priority                                                                                                                    Andrew Moe, Swarthmore College

              How character in a holistic admission process can advance diversity goals in                                            a post-affirmative action world, Debra Wilson, Southern Association of Independent Schools

              Character and Admission Practice — Whitney Soule, U of Pennsylvania

              Major Challenges Ahead — Rick Weissbourd, Making Caring Common (via Zoom)

9:55 – 10:00      Summary, Next Steps and Close of Meeting

                                    Tom Bear, Board Chair, and David Holmes, Executive Director

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