Business Management Institute


The Business Management Institute (BMI) is an immersion learning and community-building experience built around a four-year/four-track model. It is designed to create connected cohorts of higher education professionals across regions, institutions, and professional expertise. 

BMI is a career-building experience with each track adding to your toolbox for today’s and tomorrow’s opportunities. Prior participants identify BMI as a community with a sense of belonging that extends beyond the years of the program – that is – once a part of BMI, always a part of BMI.

If you seek unique learning experiences and opportunities to build your professional network, the vibrant community of BMI is for you.

Should You Attend?

If you are working in higher education arenas of administration or finance, you should attend BMI. Participants include, but are not limited to people working in:

  • Central Administration
  • Academic Units
  • Accounting or Finance
  • Auxiliary Services
  • Budget or Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Institutional Management
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities
  • Procurement
  • Safety and Security

What Will You Learn? 

BMI content is designed to provide participants with a combination of courses on current issues, practical solutions, and personal development. To provide this broad perspective, each course you take may not be specifically related to your field, but it will give you a foundation for future opportunities. Remember, BMI is a career-building experience, not a skill-specific workshop. Our objectives are for you to:

  • Gain a broader perspective of higher education business administration
  • Discuss the latest issues and topics in higher education
  • Learn how other institutions deal with common issues across higher education
  • Develop professional relationships with colleagues from other institutions

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How Do You Choose a Track?

The ideal approach to BMI is to experience all four tracks, building your learning and your network one summer at a time. We understand this is not always possible or practical, so we allow flexibility in track selection, while still wanting you to have the full BMI experience. Due to the cohort nature of BMI, moving across tracks in a single year is not possible.

Track 1 is designed for early-career individuals and is considered a valuable foundation for more experienced people who are new to higher education. The curriculum includes courses that are skills based in finance & administration, as well as courses that provide a broader perspective of working across a campus. Rounding out your learning experience are courses in human resources and personal development

Track 2 is focused on strengthening your knowledge in the practical areas with curriculum on budgeting, risk management, and data analytics. As with Track 1, we don’t forget the importance of bringing your best self to all that you do. Courses that further develop your interpersonal skills and ways to navigate the workplace are included. 

Track 3 is the BMI Case Study year. Each participant prepares a case study on an issue or project to share in small group conversations. Peers in the small group offer their perspectives on one another’s case study. It is a unique and safe place to seek and receive advice and assistance. Each small group has a facilitator who is an experienced professional in higher education. The curriculum also includes lessons in leadership, organizational development, and broader campus topics.

Track 4 is focused on strategy planning in higher education in a workshop format that engages everyone in moving through a planning process. There are broad perspectives to be learned by everyone and small group activities to bring home the purpose and value of planning. There are also courses to increase your knowledge of working across the whole university system and further develop your leadership capacity.

All Tracks attend two General Sessions and participate in peer learning and connecting conversation opportunities. The 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. New this year, all participants are included in the Pre-BMI Virtual Welcome Event to Get You Ready for your in-person BMI experience. (click on Schedule-at-a-Glance) 

BMI is a proven WACUBO professional development experience. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, when asked, 97% of your colleagues indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with their BMI experience.

Other Things You Need to Know


Participants have the option of campus housing or hotel accommodations in the vicinity of UCSB.  Campus housing is at the seaside complex, Manzanita Village. Pricing varies according to double or single occupancy and the number of nights reserved ($360-$680) and it will open for reservations in early April. Hotel accommodations are also available at area hotels.


 Registration rates for 2022:

$1,095 for members through May 27 and after May 27, $1,195.

The non-member registration rate is $1,495 regardless of the registration date. 

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 Pam at [email protected], (626) 449-4356

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