2021 November

Assessing excellence through the lens of faith-based mission

Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE) has gained recognition in recent years as the only faith-based accrediting body in the country. It focuses on ministries serving older adults, children, youth and families, and developmentally disabled persons. EAGLE’s ten principles place emphasis on service and operational excellence, quality and how applicant organizations incorporate their Christian mission, heritage and values throughout the organization and its daily operations.

Since 1984, EAGLE accreditation has incrementally evolved as a voluntary, self-assessment, consultative, peer review program for faith-based organizations. In 2018, the EAGLE Accreditation Program was recognized by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as an approved accreditor for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The EAGLE Accreditation Program is led by the EAGLE Accreditation Commission and operated by the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). For more information on EAGLE accreditation, please visit the EAGLE website at or email


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