In Sources, we provide readings that support the program and goals of the Institute.

  1. Overdue Revolution: Character Strengths in the Admissions Equation,” Journal of College Admission, David Holmes, Spring 2015.This article provides an overview of testing in the U.S., the emergence of non-cognitive attributes in the dialogue about testing, and a proposal for revamping the college admissions process.
  2. Brave New World: How Test-Optional Policies Could (and Should) Change College Admissions,” Journal of College Admission, William Hiss and Valerie Franks, Summer 2015.This article reports the increasing trend of colleges going test-optional and research that indicates test-optional policies provide a successful path to enrolling and graduating a wider range of students.
  3. Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions,” Report from the Making Care Common Project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This report, endorsed by educators across the nation, argues for the importance of service and concern for others in education and in college admissions.
  4. Chapter 1: Showing Up” from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.
    This chapter describes Angela’s early research focused on Beast Barracks at the United States Military Academy.
  5. Overview of College Board Noncognitive Work.”
    Report prepared by Carol Barry of The College Board, who spoke at the Institute with Jennifer Merriman.
  6. Measurement Matters: Assessing Personal Qualities Other Than Cognitive Ability for Educational Purposes” by Angela L. Duckworth and David Scott Yeager.
    This is an important essay suggested by Angela Duckworth and Don Kamentz.
  7. ACT Holistic Framework of Education and Work Readiness.”
    This is material forwarded to the Institute by Jason Way.
  8. Defining Promise: Twenty-five Years of Optional Testing at Bates College” by William C. Hiss and Kate M. Doria.
    Bill Hiss sent this article about the test-optional history at Bates.