MEA has formal ties to the Mennonite higher education institutions  through Statements of Arrangements (SOAs). SOAs guide the relationship between MEA's board and the institutional boards. SOAs are designed to maintain strong connections between Mennonite Church USA and the institutions while enabling the institutions to strengthen their overall mission. SOA’s inform how MEA:

Affirms or appoints a specified number of board members to the institutions
Conducts presidential reviews and presidential searches
Consults on bylaws
Meets with and consults with institutional leadership