JU Public Policy Institute: 2015 Milestones

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The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute finished an extraordinary year of progress in 2015, with substantive political debates, a much-cited inaugural GOP primary poll, important lectures, the conferring of the first MPP degrees in the history of Florida, and more.

World Affairs Council Partnership, Third Annual Hesburgh Lecture, Board Guest  – James Workman, Dr. Richard Jensen (Economics Department Head at Notre Dame), and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry all came to JU PPI in 2015.  JU PPI was very pleased to partner with the World Affairs Council and host internationally renowned water policy expert James Workman in March, partner with Notre Dame for the Third Annual Hesburgh Lecture this past fall with economist Dr. Richard Jensen, and host Mayor Lenny Curry as our special guest at the October board meeting.

MPP Program – There are now 31 students in the MPP program. In addition, with the first graduation class and summer internships completed in 2015, MPP students are receiving diverse job offers. In 2015, this includes offers from the Jacksonville Civic Council, Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) and Homeland Security. In addition, MPP student capstone projects are diverse and adding value to public policy research and problem solving. Topics include education infrastructure in Duval County (capital infrastructure  and technology), CRAs and the revitalization of Arlington, the Clean Air Act regulations and impact on JEA and North Florida, drones, pension reform, cyber bulling, criminal justice reform, and many other topics. The MPP curriculum – with its first-year core courses, summer internship, law school class requirement and capstone project in the second year -is as good as any in the country.

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