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Council for Independent Colleges Grant to Enable Taylor Study of Calling, Vocation

By Jim Garringer Published: Dec 12, 2013

Taylor University has been awarded a nearly $50,000 grant from the Washington D.C. based Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) with an end goal of deepening its students’ understanding of calling and vocation.

The grant is connected with the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) – a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. This initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and members' dues.

The purposes of NetVUE are to:

  • Deepen the understanding of the intellectual and theological dimensions 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;
  • Develop a network for sustaining an extended program in the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation; and
  • Facilitate the incorporation of additional colleges and universities into this enterprise.

“The high level of interest in the NetVUE Program Development Grants reflects the deep commitment of member colleges and universities to enrich vocational exploration in undergraduate education,” said Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Grant applicants proposed an impressively wide range of demonstrably effective strategies for building their campus capacities in this regard.”

“Our goal is the development of a framework for understanding vocation on the Taylor University campus – not just a specific job, but who our students are called to be, and what they are called to do in light of our mission as an institution,” said Dr. Drew Moser, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Taylor’s Calling and Career Office. “Our efforts to understand calling have to be aligned with our mission to develop servant leaders. What we have proposed is to bring students, faculty and staff together to explore this question of calling.”

Moser said the program will cover a timeline of two years with the planning and design phase beginning during the upcoming spring semester. Implementation of the program would begin in earnest next fall.