NetVUE has its roots in the Lilly Endowment’s major initiatives on 88 college and university campuses over the previous decade through the Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV). As Lilly’s direct support of the PTEV effort concluded, a number of college and university presidents asked CIC to develop a national campus-supported network to extend and deepen the conversation about vocation. With support from Lilly, CIC convened a national conference in March 2009—“Vocation in Undergraduate Education: Extending the Theological Exploration of Vocation”—that drew teams from 100 colleges and universities, half of which had not been participants in Lilly’s PTEV initiative but which shared similar values and objectives to the PTEV program. In March 2011, the first national conference of NetVUE was held, bringing together nearly 400 campus leaders from more than 100 colleges and universities to explore the theme, “Deepening the Theological Exploration of Vocation.” Since fall 2009, 168 colleges and universities have joined NetVUE to foster the theological exploration of vocation in their campus communities. These campuses, most of which are rooted in the liberal arts, represent a range of religiously-affiliated institutions as well as a number of secular institutions. All show a desire to address the theological and intellectual dimensions of vocation, both in the classroom and in student life.
NetVUE strives to fulfill the following goals:
- Deepen understanding of the intellectual and theological substance of vocational exploration;
- Examine the role of vocational exploration in a variety of institutional contexts;
- Share knowledge, best practices, and reflection on experiences across participating campuses;
- Facilitate the incorporation of additional colleges and universities into this enterprise; and
- Develop a network for sustaining an extended program in the theological and intellectual exploration of vocation.
NetVUE offers a number of key programs and services:
- A large national conference held every other year;
- Regional gatherings and multi-campus collaborations on specific topics conducted in non-conference years (seven regional gatherings were held during the 2011–2012 academic year);
- A NetVUE website for the exchange of resources and ideas among member institutions;
- Consulting and campus visit services to strengthen or develop programs at member colleges;
- The development of new scholarly resources for vocational exploration;
- A program to strengthen the college and university chaplaincy;
- Modest grants to member institutions to support the further development of existing vocational exploration programs; and
- A small NetVUE staff, housed at Calvin College, to support the network.
Additional information about NetVUE, including resources from prior conferences, is available at www.cic.edu/NetVUE
NetVUE is administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and membership dues. An Advisory Council comprised of representatives from member institutions provides guidance to CIC in the administration of NetVUE.
Not Yet a Member of NetVUE?
CIC welcomes the participation of all independent colleges and universities in NetVUE. Members of the network have access to a variety of resources, programs, and services intended to support the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. For additional information about membership in NetVUE, including an application to join, see www.cic.edu/NetVUE
. Please complete the membership application prior to submitting conference registration. For questions about NetVUE, contact Shirley Roels, CIC senior advisor for NetVUE, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (616) 526-7819.