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Core Values

Civility, integrity, accountability, courage, the rule of law, stewardship, and service are the core values of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and an essential part of the Master in Public Policy (MPP) curriculum. These timeless and enduring values are neither conservative nor liberal. With these values, and an MPP degree, our graduates can change the world. The following is a brief description of Institute’s core values:

Civility

Civility involves treating everyone with respect and dignity. It includes politeness, courtesy, and tolerance for other points of view. Civility rejects personal disparagement. It makes constructive and inclusive public policy possible.

Integrity

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

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.

Courage

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. Visionary leadership requires courage.

Rule of Law

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

Stewardship

Stewardship is taking care of 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.

Service

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