The goal of the Project on Purpose and Values in Education (PAVE) is to discover and promote co-curricular programs that ask college students to consider “big questions” of meaning, value, and purpose. We are particularly curious about how programs that utilize reflection can have an influence on students and are narrowly focused on programming outside of the classroom. Our aim is to facilitate exchanges with, and promotion, of similar co-curricular programs on campuses and to make resources available for the creation and evaluation of similar programs on campuses throughout the country. Through this project, an increased number of students around the country should have an opportunity to consider their values and the ways in which they might help to make the world a better place.

The Project on Purpose and Values in Education (PAVE) is made possible by generous funding from the Teagle Foundation. The project will run from July 2013 through June 2016 and is housed at the Freshman Dean’s Office of Harvard College.