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Dordt College is founding member of NetVUE

February 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Dordt College has announced support as a founding member of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), a nation-wide campus-supported network to expand and extend the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation on campuses. A total of 125 institutions have joined NetVUE as founding or first-year members since its inception in March, 2009.

NetVUE is an initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), a national association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities. The new network will help institutions deepen student vocational exploration through national and regional conferences; the development and exchange of resources; and participation in online networking. The goal is to share knowledge, best practices, and experiences among campuses and to incorporate additional independent colleges and universities into the network.

In announcing the launch of NetVUE, CIC President Richard Ekman said, “Over the past several years, the Council of Independent Colleges has made a commitment to advancing vocational exploration as a guiding force in American independent higher education. The concept of vocation emerged as a significant factor from various sources and has been applied in different ways for different campus constituencies. CIC hopes that NetVUE will capitalize on what has been learned about the theological exploration of vocation and how it can be adapted and developed to strengthen colleges and universities, their leadership, and the education they provide for their students.”

According to Dr. Erik Hoekstra, provost at Dordt College, “NetVUE’s nationwide network fits well with Dordt’s commitment to higher education, advancing God’s call to training for service in His Kingdom to us and to our students. This new initiative provides us with an exceptional opportunity to explore frameworks that can inform our sense of calling and Christian vocation. By networking together we can share serviceable insight and proven practices among member colleges and universities.”

NetVUE is generously supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., which has funded similar programs over the years. “We have discovered that structured programs that encourage and guide students in the theological exploration of vocation do indeed help them draw on the wisdom of their religious traditions, as they make decisions about their futures and figure out how to lead lives that really matter,” said Craig Dykstra, Lilly Endowment’s senior vice president for religion. “We have been approached by hundreds of colleges and universities seeking to enhance their educational programs by incorporating vocational reflection more intentionally into their curricular and co-curricular activities. We are delighted that CIC is committed to sustaining and extending this important conversation and helping colleges across the country to advance their educational missions in this way.”

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The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

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