The North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAAMSCU) is a voluntary association of educational institutions related to the historic Methodist and Wesleyan traditions. It exists to:
- Advance the work of education and scholarship in member institutions.
- Share best practices for educating students for leadership and service to the global community.
- Foster and encourage the common good of member institutions.
- Strengthen relationships among member executives.
- Work collaboratively with United Methodist conferences, boards, and agencies to address issues of mutual concern to the church and the academy.
In 1940, the Association of Schools and Colleges of The Methodist Church was formed to better connect Methodist-affiliated institutions in the United States. Both the church and the academy recognized the value that could come from collegial engagement amongst presidents of Methodist schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries. The Association formally incorporated in 1976 as the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC). For many decades, the denomination, the University Senate, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has had occasion to collaborate on a variety of programs and initiatives. In January 2020, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) officially transitioned to the North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAAMSCU). This change expanded the association’s geographic focus opening membership to Senate approved institutions and those schools, colleges, and universities with both Methodist and Wesleyan histories or connections.
Schools, colleges, and universities in North America with Methodist or Wesleyan histories and connections are eligible to become members of NAAMSCU. Member institutions are represented by the chief executive officers, participate in annual meetings, initiatives, and programs, and submit annual dues in the spring.
NAAMSCU typically meets twice each year. Meetings emphasize the relational component of the connection between NAAMSCU members, address higher education challenges and opportunities, and provide professional development programs. For more information about NAAMSCU meetings, please contact us by clicking here.