About the Public Policy Institute

The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute’s Master in Public Policy (MPP) program embraces the following core values:

1. Civility
Civility includes politeness, courtesy, and treating everyone with respect and dignity. Civility rejects personal disparagement.

2. Integrity
Integrity includes honestly and truthfulness, but it also includes good character. It is fundamental to good leadership. It means having a strong moral compass and doing the right thing because it is the right thing.

3. Accountability
As former Jacksonville Mayor Ed Austin was fond of saying, shared responsibility means no one is responsible. Accountability means taking personal responsibility and holding public institutions and servants accountable to those they serve.

4. Courage
Courage is considered by many to be the defining characteristic of great leaders. It includes the willingness to confront extreme difficulty, challenges, and potential loss. It often involves significant risk and the potential for personal criticism and failure. It requires perseverance, determination, and conviction.

5. The Rule of Law
The rule of law means no one is above the law. We are a people of law and not of men. It is a foundational principle of the US Constitution and the MPP program.

6. Service
The notion of service before self is fundamental to MPP core values. With a servant’s heart, and an MPP degree, graduates can change the world and create a better future.

7. Stewardship
Stewardship is taking care of something; in particular, something entrusted to you. It includes the responsibility to manage as trustees for the future. MPP graduates are stewards for the future of our city, state, and nation.