Middle Management Institute


The TACAC Middle Management Institute (MMI) is a professional development program designed for both current and aspiring managers working on both sides of the desk. MMI program attendees can expect a rigorous curriculum built around dynamic educational sessions and collaborative learning experiences between program participants.

 TACAC’s MMI commits to addressing three main themes from a managerial perspective each year:

  1. How we work with students in the college admissions and counseling profession
  2. How we work with other professionals
  3. How we work on ourselves both personally and professionally

Professionals attending MMI participate in intensive case studies, where we simulate situations managers face in admissions, counseling, and recruitment offices. Case studies require small groups to work together while attempting to achieve a common goal under strict deadlines. They include tasks that facilitate cooperation, critical thinking, and the ability to work under pressure. As our profession necessitates, this fast-paced simulation will also ask that you are prepared for the unexpected!

I walked away from MMI with so many tips on how to be a more effective supervisor. The sessions left me very introspective about the types of things I could implement in the office to create a more effective and rewarding work space for my team.  The presenters provided really great information about how to manage different personality styles and how to advocate on behalf of others. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to attend! - Natalie Garza, Elon University

 Event Details:

January 28-29, 2021
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX

Registration opens Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Please be advised that MMI is currently being planned as a face to face event. The planning committee will monitor local and state regulations with regard to COVID-19 and adjust accordingly. 

We are continuing our practice of offering a one-day track for secondary counselors, community-based organization staff, and independent educational consultants. Capacity for these participants will be limited.


Co-Chairs: Jason Fletcher, Houston Baptist University and Rebecca Gay, Sam Houston State University

MMI Fellows

The MMI Fellows program is designed to offer financial support to aspiring or current managers who work in a setting adversely affected by budget cuts or limitations to participate in professional development opportunities 

MMI Fellow recipients receive:

  • Complimentary one-year individual TACAC membership 
  • Complimentary MMI registration fee
  • Shared conference hotel accommodations for two nights (with another grant recipient)
  • Dinner at Fellows Social (Wednesday night) and all meals included with MMI registration fee.

 The MMI Fellows application will open on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 


Fellows Chair: Keith Ahee, Sam Houston State University

Get Involved:

To serve on a TACAC committee, please review all the TACAC committee descriptions and complete a committee volunteer application.