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Our Mission, Vision, and Values


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Staff and students make important contributions that balance theory and practice across diverse areas of contemporary scholarship, including the following:

  • Democratic and Collaborative Governance in the New American West
  • Policy Analysis
  • Systems of Law and Justice
  • Sustainability
  • Regional Planning and Development


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The vision of the School of Public Service is to:

  • Empower students to become innovative and responsive public service leaders within local, state, national, and global communities.
  • Achieve national and international recognition for relevant theoretical and applied research.
  • Promote and facilitate informed discourse and civic engagement across diverse groups.
  • Serve as a recognized and trusted resource for policymakers searching for effective solutions to pressing public concerns.


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The characteristics of how we do our work in the School of Public Service include:

  • Transparency
  • Respect and Civility
  • Community Engagement
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Integrity