NetVUE Reaches a Membership Milestone

When CIC founded the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) in 2009 with substantial support from Lilly Endowment Inc., the goal was to develop a sustainable network of colleges and universities to support the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. CIC estimated that 200 college and university members would be needed to establish a healthy, self-supporting system. The hope was that NetVUE membership would increase from year to year as institutions experienced the network’s benefits and services and that the target level could be reached by 2020.

CIC is proud to announce that in February 2016, NetVUE reached—and surpassed—the 200-member milestone four years ahead of schedule. NetVUE member colleges and universities, located across 39 states, are diverse. While many NetVUE members enroll between 1,000 and 3,000 undergraduates, they range in size from colleges of fewer than 500 students to universities of more than 10,000. They also span a wide theological spectrum.

Regardless of religious affiliation, or independent of any religious affiliation, NetVUE members are united by a common desire to support the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation in both academic and out-of-classroom settings. Institutions use a variety of strategies to engage students in questions about meaning, purpose, and “calling”: first-year seminars, capstone courses, service-learning opportunities, career advising, and chaplaincy programs.

CIC supports several initiatives to serve NetVUE members. Activities include a national conference held every other year, regional gatherings and multi-campus collaborations held in off-years, consulting and campus exchange services, and online networking resources. In addition, a number of grant opportunities are available to NetVUE member institutions to support the development of vocational exploration programming on their campuses.

The enthusiasm for NetVUE participation among campus leaders is palpable. For example, the six regional and topical gatherings in 2015–2016 attracted a range of faculty members, chaplains, and staff leaders who praised the programs. Participants offered such remarks as, “I appreciated being able to explore vocation and calling from a variety of perspectives—the diverse make up of attendees made this more meaningful,” and “I loved having my eyes opened to what NetVUE is all about and realizing I have lots of colleagues I can call on to find resources.”

The next national NetVUE Conference—which will take place March 23–25, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina—will bring together NetVUE’s expanding membership network to support an undergraduate education for vocation. For more information about NetVUE, visit or contact Shirley Roels, CIC senior advisor and NetVUE director, at (616) 526-7819 or

2017 NetVUE National Conference: March 23-25, 2017, Charlotte, North Carolina