About the Institute

Core Values

Civility, integrity, accountability, courage, and stewardship are the core values of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and an essential part of the MPP curriculum. The following is a brief description of the Institute’s core values:


Civility involves treating everyone with respect and dignity. It includes courtesy, tolerance, and respect for other points of view. Civility rejects personal disparagement.


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


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.


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


The notion of service to the community before self is fundamental to MPP core values. Stewardship is taking care of something entrusted to you for the benefit of others. It includes the responsibility to manage as trustees for the future. The Institute seeks prepare MPP graduates as stewards for the future of Jacksonville, the state, and the nation.