Summer brings the return of WACUBO’s Business Management Institute (BMI), an immersion professional development program that has stood the test of time, now in its 63rd year.

This multi-day event, August 4-8, is designed for today’s and tomorrow’s higher education business leaders. It draws 275 attendees and offers four tracks of programming for multiple career levels.

Content for Track 1 is designed for developing early-stage professionals and those new to higher education business and administration. Content for Tracks 2, 3 & 4 progresses to address the professional development needs of increasingly experienced, decision-making professionals. There are two general sessions for all attendees.

Track 1 is designed for high-potential individuals in the earlier stages of their career. The curriculum includes skills-based courses in accounting for accountants and non-accountants, presenting financial information, strategies for managing your higher-education career, employer documentation, professional presence, understanding analytics, and more. Plus, there are two afternoons with a variety of elective courses. SOLD OUT

Track 2 continues with skills-based curriculum, such as budgeting, navigating audits and risk management and includes human-resource content on understanding and working with others, team building, setting expectations, and communications. Track 2 also participates in two afternoons of elective courses. SOLD OUT

Track 3 & Track 4 content includes more advanced studies with participant-to-participant learning and increasing one’s knowledge for working across the whole university system.

Track 3 is highly interactive with a focus on small group case study discussions for a significant portion of the classroom time. Regular course time includes content on leadership, managing change, organizational culture, cyber security and campus legal issues.

Track 4 has a variety of management topics, such as metrics and data visualization, leadership and legal issues, but the focus is on strategic planning. Topics in the two-day, workshop-type focus on strategic planning include SWOT, strategy mapping, process improvement, action planning and leading change through planning. In Track 4, participants are highly engaged in practicing the science and skills of planning. SOLD OUT


BMI is a proven WACUBO professional development experience. Don’t be surprised if someone encourages you to attend BMI, since 99% of attendees indicated they would recommend BMI to a colleague. That’s right – 275 participants across the four tracks of BMI think their colleagues should experience the Business Management Institute.

And here are a few testimonials about their BMI experience:

The topics had great variety and the faculty was top quality.

At BMI, I learned things that I am already putting into place at my college.

I was very impressed with the overall value, expertise and presenters of each section I attended. Very well done!!

Great to scan for CPE credits onsite. I loved the T-Shirt Exchange too!

Intense classroom days give way to cool evenings with fun and relaxing events, including a picnic at the beach to unwind and make more connections with other participants. So just in case you were thinking it was all learning and no recovery time for the brain, think again!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Business Management Institute, so don’t delay registering. BMI is always a SOLD-OUT event!

General questions about BMI, contact Yvette at, 626.449.4356 or Pam at, 626.449.4356.

Online registration questions or issues for BMI, contact Amy at or 202.861.2556.