The National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) is a voluntary association of educational institutions that are related to The United Methodist Church in the United States. It exists to:
- Advance the work of education and scholarship in member institutions.
- Work cooperatively with United Methodist conferences, boards and agencies to address issues of mutual concern to the church and the academy.
- Work in partnership with the church to educate students for leadership and service to the global community.
- Foster and encourage the common good of member institutions.
- Strengthen the collegiality and camaraderie among member presidents, deans and heads of schools.
NASCUMC was initiated by GBHEM and is assisted by GBHEM’s Division of Higher Education.
The 117 schools, colleges and universities in the United States recognized by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church are eligible to become members of NASCUMC by paying annual dues and participating in the organization. Institutions are represented by the chief executive officer.
NASCUMC comprises 93 colleges and universities, 13 seminaries, 11 historically black institutions and several private secondary schools.
NASCUMC meets twice each year. The winter meeting takes place in conjunction with the Council of Independent College’s Presidents Institute each January. This meeting emphasizes the connection between NASCUMC members and the broader work of the denomination. The annual meeting is held in the summer to provide opportunities for members and their families to engage in professional development, personal renewal and the building of relationships between colleagues. For more information about NASCUMC meetings, please contact the Division of Higher Education.