Business Management Institute

Thank you to those who joined us August 3-7, 2020!


2020 BMI - "The Virtual Experience" was a success!

Designed to Avoid Zoom Fatigue

  • Engage you in two morning sessions
  • Take a 3-hour Afternoon Business Break
  • Come back to Campus for afternoons in the Classroom and Gatherings for Social Connections

Meaningful NEW Course Learning Outcomes … Responding to 2020 Realities

  • Track 1
    • Learn about keeping yourself focused and energized
    • Find the path to resolving issues by asking the right questions
    • Gain new tools for successful project management in any environment
  • Track 2
    • Apply best practices in a situational leadership environment
    • Learn tips and tools for building and re-building trusted relationships
    • Discover a process for delivering difficult feedback in our new world of work
  • Track 3
    • Share real-time case studies and hear perspectives from higher ed colleagues beyond your own institution environment
    • Gain new listening and feedback methods in a time when verbal communication is everything
    • Discover how “design-thinking” fundamental concept and be applied to approach problems through human-centered designs
  • Track 4
    • Participate in the all-new planning courses, “Strategy in Times of Crisis” using scenarios, budgeting with tight resources, finding growth in tough times, understanding and being a leader in change management
    • Learn to keep the three forces of character in balance
    • Master the language of “owning” a conversation
  • All Track Sessions
    • Generational Diversity & the Impact of COVID-19
    • Wellbeing for Ourselves & Others in a Stressful Environment
    • Connect Sessions on Managing in the Virtual World

Update May 13, 2020 from Pamela Hemann, FASAE, CAE

All the great courses, time with BMI faculty, special connections, and access to a high-quality professional development can be yours in an otherwise empty landscape for learning in these current “lock-down” times.

BMI dates will be August 3-7, 2020 – slightly expanded because we don’t expect your 2020 BMI Virtual Experience to be six hours per day in front of a computer!!  That is not the BMI Experience you want or deserve!  Take a journey along the above navigation bar to learn more. 

Yes, the University of Santa Barbara campus will be closed throughout the summer, as is your campus, no doubt.  We have been proactively preparing for this UCSB decision.  Faculty are secured for virtual courses, a variety of connection opportunities among BMIers have been explored, we created special course completion certificates tied to CPEs, and so much more. 

Won’t you Register Today for this rare professional development opportunity in 2020?  Join us for the 2020 BMI Virtual Experience. This is a unique opportunity to use 2020 professional development funds without the cost of travel and accommodations.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 BMI Virtual Experience.
Stay safe and healthy!

Pamela Hemann, FASAE, CAE
Institute Director

Ruth Johnston
, Ph.D.
WACUBO President

The Business Management Institute (BMI) at the University of California at Santa Barbara is an immersion program with a four-track curriculum.  It is held the first week of August, Sunday through Thursday. (August 3-7, 2020)

BMI, WACUBO’s higher education management institute, is designed to deliver the administrative skills and management concepts needed by individuals who are in the business of higher education.  The multi-track institute has curriculum applicable across professional career levels within college and university business management.  It sells-out annually at 275 registrants.  Approximately 30 faculty members from a variety of higher education fields deliver content and learning experiences to attendees. 

Tracks 1 and 2 are designed for high-potential individuals in the earlier stages of their career.  The curriculum includes skills-based courses in accounting, budgeting, and presenting financial information, as well as courses related to working with others, and career strategies. 

Tracks 3 and 4 are focused on advanced studies for those who are seeking to increase their knowledge of working across the whole university system. The curriculum includes lessons in leadership, case studies, organizational development, building high-performance teams, strategic planning, and career coaching. 

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. 

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 – 276 participants across the four tracks of BMI think their colleagues should experience the Business Management Institute.

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 2020 Business Management Institute, so don’t delay registering. BMI is always a SOLD-OUT event! 

Registration will open in late February 2020. Registration rates for the 2020 BMI Virtual Experience is $995 for both members and non-members.

CPE Credits

The Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Learn More

General questions about BMI, contact Yvette at [email protected], (626) 449-4356 or Pam at [email protected], (626) 449-4356.

Questions or issues for BMI, contact the WACUBO Office at [email protected] or (206) 209-5267.