ERIC Number: EJ1095034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
An Education for Life Abundant
Roels, Shirley J.
Liberal Education, v100 n1 Win 2014
In the late 1990s, the wild hope of the Lilly Endowment was that a set of American higher education institutions would respond to the call for an exploration of vocation, giving a portion of their precious institutional lives to explore this question with undergraduates. Through projects on multiple campuses, the intent was to learn whether and how a theology of vocation and calling could deepen undergraduate education. The goal was to strengthen an education that could sustain abundant lives for these emerging adults, an education in which intellectual and applied learning could converge with resources from moral and theological traditions. Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) was an experiment to learn how education might reshape effective liberal learning for life, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. What can be learned from Lilly Endowment supported efforts about the future of effective undergraduate education, and what should be reclaimed for a liberal education to encourage students' big questions and worthy dreams are explored the this special issue of "Liberal Education". The PTEV narrative is a story of ordinary educators on many campuses who caught the Lilly Endowment's vision of learning for life abundant and willingly gave their time to this cause. Now, NetVUE is PTEV's successor, and is positioned to be a lasting network that advances the many lessons learned in PTEV and extends them to a broader range of higher education institutions. The Lilly Endowment invested and remains devoted to fostering abundant life for our precious emerging adults for the sake of our undergraduates and the world in which they will lead. What will we do with what we have learned?
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Liberal Arts, Citizenship Education, Role of Education, Religious Factors, Occupations, College Role, Grants, Moral Values, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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