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MPI Plans and Partnership to Enhance CMM Program


One of the biggest pieces of news from the 2018 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC) is the association’s announcement that it is collaborating with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, its executive education program, and the IUPUI Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management to enhance and deliver the MPI Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM).

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) selected Indiana University following a three-month exploratory process, which included market research and a request for proposals targeting universities recommended by CMM designees.

MPI Academy and Indiana University will optimize both the curriculum and overall experience to deliver a level of education similar to that of an executive master’s program.

Over the next few months, MPI will conduct focus groups with CMM community members who volunteered to share insights on the program enhancements, and it will also make adjustments as needed based on their feedback.

“I am extremely excited about our new partnership with Indiana University. This unique collaboration between both IU schools will continue to raise the bar on high quality, exective-level programming and relevance for our industry,” said Darren Temple, chief operations officer (COO), MPI. “This evolution would not be possible without the feedback and engagement of our CMM alumni community.”

Together, the MPI Academy and Indiana University will optimize both the curriculum and overall experience to deliver a level of education similar to that of an executive master’s program and that exemplifies the CMM Program’s new tagline, “Executive Leadership for the Business of Meetings.”

Specific changes and enhancements are:

  • updating the program to include more meeting and event management-focused content;
  • extending the immersion course (Phase 1) from 3.5 to 4 days;
  • reordering the phases so the online boot camp (Phase 2) now proceeds the work-based case project (Phase 3);
  • and expanding the project development requirements to align with higher education standards, requiring participants to video record delivery of their presentation, peer reviews and more.

In addition, the timeline for earning the CMM designation will be increased from nine to 15 weeks (the equivalent of a college semester). Participants will now earn 48 clock hours, up from 25 hours with the previous edition of the program, and 4.8 continuing education units (CEUs) following successful completion of the program. They will also have the opportunity to earn three graduate credit hours, which can be applied to the Kelley School’s Executive Degree Program (EDP) Business Management Certificate as well.

2018 CMM classes will take place September 17-20 and December 10-13 at IUPUI in Indianapolis. For more information and to apply, visit www.mpi.org/CMM.