Council of Independent Colleges Receives $6.9 Million From Lilly Endowment

The Council of Independent Colleges has announced a $6.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to expand its Network of Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) initiative.

The largest grant ever received by CIC will support three initiatives to be launched in the coming year: program development grants to NetVUE member institutions; the development of new resources for curricular use in vocational exploration; and a program to strengthen college chaplaincies across the NetVUE network. Established in 2009, NetVUE includes 154 member colleges and universities with ties to Protestant, Catholic, and other religious bodies, as well as institutions with no religious affiliation.

"We are delighted that Lilly Endowment is placing its confidence in CIC to administer programs that help students explore questions of meaning and purpose in relation to choices of academic majors and professional aspirations," said CIC president Richard Ekman. "Vocational exploration is central to the mission of most CIC colleges and universities. This NetVUE grant dramatically increases CIC's ability to assist colleges in developing vocational exploration programs on their campuses."