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National Association of Schools & Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC)

Mission Statement

NASCUMC is a voluntary association of educational institutions that are related to The United Methodist Church. It exists:

  • To advance the work of education and scholarship in member institutions;
  • To work cooperatively with conferences, boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church to address issues of mutual concern to the church and the academy;
  • To work in partnership with the church to educate students for leadership and service to the global community;
  • To foster and encourage the common good of member institutions;
  • To strengthen the collegiality and camaraderie among member presidents, deans and heads of school.



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 includes 93 colleges and universities, 13 seminaries, 11 historically black institutions and several private secondary schools.



NASCUMC meets twice each year. The semi-annual meeting is held in Washington, D.C., immediately prior to the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). This short meeting (Sunday afternoon through Monday morning) emphasizes the connection between NASCUMC members and the broader work of the denomination. The annual meeting is held in late July to provide opportunities for members and their families to engage in professional development, personal renewal and building relationships with trusted colleagues. For more information about NASCUMC meetings, please contact