How did we get here?
Starting in the summer of 2016, a group of around 50 faculty and staff led by Ruth Kath, Brenda Ranum, and Mike Blair started meeting to explore possibilities for deep reflection on vocation and the liberal arts with a focus on sophomores. This group emerged both in response to the HLC Quality Initiative on advising at Luther, as well as due to the receipt of a grant from CIC-NetVUE on continuing the exploration of vocation at Luther.
Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, five "learning communities" of faculty and staff met regularly with the goals of developing tools and identifying opportunities to deepen vocational reflection in sophomores. Faculty and staff co-facilitators for those groups selected five pilot and planning initiatives to continue to advance in the 2017-2018 academic year.