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JU Public Policy Institute Launches

After percolating along for a while, JU has now officially launched the first Public Policy Institute to offer a Masters in Public Policy Program in the state of Florida. Former General Counsel Rick Mullaney, one of the leading public policy experts in Defense against the Dark Arts and a national consultant on the structure of Consolidated Government is the founding Director of the Institute, and he has landed a powerful Board of Directors as well as some impressive sponsorships. Join us after the jump for the details.

Published January 31, 2013 in Urban Issues      11 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article




Fresh on the heels of establishing two major scholarship funds last week for JU Master in Public Policy students, the JU Public Policy Institute (JU PPI) announced Tuesday it is now accepting applications for the fall 2013 semester.
 
The Institute also announced that Florida Gov. Rick Scott will attend its Board of Advisors meeting Feb. 7 and will discuss public policy issues facing the state, including health care, education and economic development.
 
“We are privileged and honored to have Gov. Scott coming to JU PPI and addressing the board,” said JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney. “The governor is the chief executive officer of the state and its leading policymaker.”


Governor Scott will be addressing the Board of Advisors (pictured) on February 7, 2013.
 
Mullaney called creation of the scholarship funds “perfect timing” as the Institute works to attract “the best and brightest” in accepting applicants to the JU MPP program.
 
“We’ve studied more than 40 MPP programs nationwide to put this Institute together, including visits to the Harvard Kennedy School, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute and other schools, and have built a rigorous and cutting-edge curriculum,” he said.
 
The Institute will offer the first MPP degree in Florida, as well as the first MPP-JD (juris doctor), MPP-MBA (master in business administration) and MPP/MA-MS/MSC (marine science) joint degree programs in the state. The MPP-JD is being offered in conjunction with Florida Coastal School of Law.
 
Prospective students can visit ju.edu/ppi to submit an application online, or they can print application forms and mail them if they desire. The deadline for receiving priority in the application process is April 15, although submissions will be accepted after that date. No more than 20 students will be admitted.
 
“The JU MPP Program is one of the best values in the country in terms of affordability, and the scholarship funds being established will make this an even more competitive program,” Mullaney said.
 
A merit-based scholarship fund was established last week for JU MPP students.  All MPP applicants are eligible for these scholarships.  In addition, Steve Halverson, CEO of The Haskell Co. and board member of JU PPI, along with The Haskell Co., established a scholarship fund last week for Jacksonville Teach for America (TFA) corps members and alumni to attend JU PPI and obtain an MPP degree. Together, the two scholarship funds total $100,000.
 
“The scholarship funds for JU MPP students mean a lot and show how this community is getting behind the JU MPP Program,” Mullaney said. “Both of these scholarship funds make it possible to attract talented students to the JU MPP program.”
 
Teach for America corps members are top graduates from across the country. Last year, only about 10 percent were chosen to take part in the corps from about 40,000 who applied. Once selected, they serve at least two years in public schools after obtaining their bachelor’s degrees, working with core-city and disadvantaged schools across the country, Mullaney noted.
 
“These TFA corps members have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6, and more than 150 are in our area alone. My hope is that these funds will encourage Teach for America members to apply to the JU PPI, and for us to retain some of that brain trust of current TFA corps members who are in our local public schools now.”
 
Applicants to the JU PPI must have an undergraduate degree, submit three letters of recommendation and a resume, write an essay and submit a test score from the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Applications will be considered for overall quality; a specific GPA or test score is not required. To see all entrance requirements, visit ju.edu/ppi.
 
The JU MPP degree is a two-year, 48-credit program, and students are guaranteed an internship after their first year at one of a number of public, private and non-profit organizations and offices, including the Governor’s Office, Congressional Offices, Mayor’s Office, Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, JEA, The Community Foundation, CSX and more. MPP graduates work in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
 
In addition to the merit-based scholarship funds, JU PPI announced in December that it was awarded a $152,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. That grant will fund overall costs associated with the master in public policy (MPP) curriculum at JU.

To learn more about the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute or to apply, visit www.ju.edu/ppi, e-mail rmullan1@ju.edu or call (904) 955-1857.


 







11 Comments

CityLife

January 31, 2013, 04:28:28 PM
Good news for Jax and congrats to JU, but its not the first public policy institute in the state. FSU has a Center for Criminology and Public Policy and an Institute on Aging and Public Policy, as well as quite a few others that study some type of Public Policy related issue. I'm sure UF has quite a few as well and UF's Bob Graham Center is pretty darn impressive. Though I suppose this may the only one with a broad focus on general public policy.

The institute may well be a success from a research standpoint, but given the current economy and job market in the area/state, I'm not so sure there is a need for public policy students. I'm in a field somewhat similar to public policy and I don't think I've seen a job in the area lately that graduates of this program would get.

stephendare

January 31, 2013, 04:31:19 PM
Good news for Jax and congrats to JU, but its not the first public policy institute in the state. FSU has a Center for Criminology and Public Policy and an Institute on Aging and Public Policy, as well as quite a few others that study some type of Public Policy related issue. I'm sure UF has quite a few as well and UF's Bob Graham Center is pretty darn impressive. Though I suppose this may the only one with a broad focus on general public policy.

The institute may well be a success from a research standpoint, but given the current economy and job market in the area/state, I'm not so sure there is a need for public policy students. I'm in a field somewhat similar to public policy and I don't think I've seen a job in the area lately that graduates of this program would get.

Actually it is the first one in the state Jeremy ;)  Vocabulary Word Similarity in titles not withstanding.

fieldafm

January 31, 2013, 04:35:31 PM
It's the first public policy institute in the state to offer a masters in public policy. 

Neither FSU nor UF offer an MPP along with joint degrees MBA/MPP, JD/MPP and MMS/MPP.

It's a big deal for JU and the city.  It will only grow from here.

CityLife

January 31, 2013, 04:52:26 PM
Good news for Jax and congrats to JU, but its not the first public policy institute in the state. FSU has a Center for Criminology and Public Policy and an Institute on Aging and Public Policy, as well as quite a few others that study some type of Public Policy related issue. I'm sure UF has quite a few as well and UF's Bob Graham Center is pretty darn impressive. Though I suppose this may the only one with a broad focus on general public policy.

The institute may well be a success from a research standpoint, but given the current economy and job market in the area/state, I'm not so sure there is a need for public policy students. I'm in a field somewhat similar to public policy and I don't think I've seen a job in the area lately that graduates of this program would get.

Actually it is the first one in the state Jeremy ;)  Vocabulary Word Similarity in titles not withstanding.

I'll give you that its the first with a generically named title, but not the first with a mission in studying Public Policy.

And Field, FSU offers a Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy.  UF has a Masters in Political Science with a concentration in Public Affairs or Political Campaigning. Essentially the exact same thing, just differently worded titles. Both UF and FSU have multiple programs in the public policy realm and they offer quite a few degrees in those areas to let the students narrow the scope of their studies or do dual degrees. When I was at FSU's DURP, about half the students were also getting a JD, MBA, Real Estate, Politics and Policy, Public Admin, Geography, or other similar degree.

Still very good news for JU, but not exactly groundbreaking.

Tacachale

January 31, 2013, 05:46:03 PM
This is evidently the first Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program in the state. This is an established professional degree and one of several in the public affairs field. It is true that several of these degrees now overlap. However, the degree FSU has (MAAPP) is some crazy thing they appear to have made up, even if the curriculum is similar. The UF degree is a Political Science masters that offers concentrations in public policy and such; it's a different degree.

This is good news for JU and for Jacksonville. Hats off to Rick for his involvement.

ben says

January 31, 2013, 05:49:00 PM
This is unquestionably good news. End of story.

CityLife

January 31, 2013, 06:14:22 PM
This is evidently the first Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program in the state. This is an established professional degree and one of several in the public affairs field. It is true that several of these degrees now overlap. However, the degree FSU has (MAAPP) is some crazy thing they appear to have made up, even if the curriculum is similar. The UF degree is a Political Science masters that offers concentrations in public policy and such; it's a different degree.

Same degree. Different name. The FSU degree is just a jazzed up name. My brother is studying "Applied Economics" at FSU. Its an Economics Degree. Just like the Master of "Applied Politics and Policy" is a Public Policy masters. In fact FSU even calls its school of Social Sciences the "College of Social Sciences and Public Policy".

Georgia Tech calls its planning degree a MCRP. FSU calls its a MSP. Same degree. Same program of study.

But like Ben says, good news for JU and good news for Jax. End of story.

CityLife

January 31, 2013, 06:24:53 PM
Debate over. US News Ranks FSU as the #28 school for a Masters in Public Policy.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-policy-analysis-rankings

stephendare

February 01, 2013, 12:08:58 AM
Sorry, Ive been away for a few hours, at the Video Games Live!

The Harvard Kennedy School had the first Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program in the country in 1971 with 21 graduates. Today there are over 500 in the Harvard MPP Program. Harvard, to my knowledge, offered the first Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree in the country
 
The JU MPP Program  ---- which includes the MPP degree and three MPP dual degree programs  --- is the first in the state of Florida.
 
Many programs (such as FSU, which has a fine school in the Askew School) offer a Master in Public Administration (MPA), which focuses on the implementation and execution of public policy.
 
The Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree focuses, instead, on the creation and analysis of public policy. They studied over 40 MPP Programs around the country in creating the JU MPP Program.

Its a pretty unique program all the way around, actually.  But Jeremy is correct that there are other public policy institutes, but they offer the MPAs rather than the MPPs----which makes JU both unique and first in the state.

Tacachale

February 01, 2013, 09:01:14 AM
The US News list seems to be talking about FSU's MPA degree rather than that MAAPP what-have-you. The MPA is an increasingly similar, but traditionally distinct degree from the MPP. Jacksonville appears to be the first school offering an MPP in this state.

On another note, the scholarships going along look solid, and should give the JU program a big advantage over other private schools offering degrees like this. We may well see people coming to Jacksonville specifically for these new degrees. All around a great development for JU.

stephendare

March 26, 2013, 03:36:09 PM
The JU Public Policy Institute (JU PPI) is now accepting applications for the fall 2013 semester, with a priority deadline of April 15.

The Institute is offering the first MPP degree in Florida, as well as the first MPP-JD (juris doctor), MPP-MBA (master in business administration) and MPP/MA-MS/MSC (marine science) joint degree programs in the state, according to JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney. The MPP-JD is being offered in conjunction with Florida Coastal School of Law.

Prospective students can visit ju.edu/ppi to submit an application online, or they can print application forms and mail them if they desire. The deadline for receiving priority in the application process is April 15, although submissions will be accepted after that date. No more than 20 students will be admitted.

The JU PPI also recently announced creation of two major scholarship funds for JU Master in Public Policy students.

Applicants to the JU PPI must have an undergraduate degree, submit three letters of recommendation and a resume, write an essay and submit a test score from the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Applications will be considered for overall quality; a specific GPA or test score is not required. To see all entrance requirements, visit ju.edu/ppi.

The JU MPP degree is a two-year, 48-credit program, and students are guaranteed an internship after their first year at one of a number of public, private and non-profit organizations and offices, including the Governor’s Office, Congressional Offices, Mayor’s Office, Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, JEA, The Community Foundation, CSX and more. MPP graduates work in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

To learn more about the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute or to apply, visit www.ju.edu/ppi, e-mail rmullan1@ju.edu or call (904) 955-1857.
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