Lilly Endowment Awards $10 Million to Council of Independent Colleges

Lilly Endowment Awards $10 Million to Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges has announced a grant of $9.9 million from the Lilly Endowment in support of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). 

The grant, the largest in CIC's history, will support a number of ongoing and new NetVUE initiatives as well as several related activities. Most of the grant — more than $7 million — will be disbursed to NetVUE member colleges and universities through various grant initiatives, including three programs that support professional development and program initiatives for vocational exploration and discernment at NetVUE member campuses. In addition, the funds will help launch two new programs: one that encourages member institutions to reframe their institutional narratives in light of new challenges and opportunities, and a second that promotes guided internship opportunities through campus partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and community-based organizations. The grant also will support the development of two books by the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, as well as an in-depth empirical study of the effects of vocational exploration programs on NetVUE member campuses.

"CIC is grateful to Lilly Endowment for this significant recognition of the accomplishments of NetVUE member colleges and universities, as well as confidence in the value of pedagogical and co-curricular exploration of questions about meaning and purpose related to choices of academic majors and professional direction," said CIC president Richard Ekman.

"NetVUE member colleges and universities are responding to a hunger among college students to explore deep questions of meaning and purpose and to discover how they can draw on their faith as they seek to use their knowledge and talents to contribute to the well-being of the world," said Christopher Coble, the endowment's vice president for religion. "Lilly Endowment is pleased to support CIC and this exceptional network of schools."