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The United Methodist Church has more formal educational institutions than any other Protestant denomination. United Methodist-related colleges emphasize learning that incorporates a concern for the world community and a rigorous examination of the beliefs and values that students use to interpret their lives.
United Methodist-related colleges respect and honor the religious practice of their students faculty and staff. Students and employees are free to share (or not to share) how their religious beliefs and experiences relate to their lives.
United Methodist-related colleges encourage people to explore the place of religion in society and the contributions of religion to public life.
United Methodist-related colleges support the faith development of students, faculty, and staff who choose to worship or pray in the Christian tradition on campus while not excluding other religious traditions or those who do not identify with a particular religious tradition.
United Methodist-related colleges seek to create a community that is just and embodies the Social Principle of the United Methodist Church.
Accreditation and Academic Integrity
United Methodist-related colleges are evaluated and review by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. This elected body of professionals in higher education evaluates schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools using the following categories:
- Institutional integrity
- Well-structured programs
- Sound management
- Clearly defined church relationships
United Methodist-related colleges must also demonstrate academic integrity by meeting the standards of their own regional accrediting bodies. No educational institution will be accredited by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church that does not demonstrate the academic rigor and academic freedom required by its regional accrediting body.