The UCF School of Public Administration is the preeminent source of public service leadership development for all communities in Central Florida, creating an internationally recognized model for professional education. Graduates of the School are culturally competent professionals who are effective communicators and well-prepared to manage their organizations and lead their communities. Collectively, the School’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni work collaboratively with citizens to demonstrably address the most daunting of societal challenges.


The UCF School of Public Administration prepares students for professional public service leadership through a curriculum set on a foundation of scholarship, ethical principles, and engagement that creates relevant and accessible knowledge to address complex societal issues in Central Florida and beyond.


The UCF School of Public Administration is dedicated to advancing public service values and civic leadership in all programmatic areas. For our faculty, staff, and students, public service values are demonstrated by adhering to ethical principles of behavior and by acting in a professional manner.

Ethical Principles
We advocate the following ethical principles of conduct as the foundation of public service:

• Integrity — to serve in a honest, transparent manner while honoring promises;
• Benevolence – to promote the public good, avoid doing harm, and respect the worth of each individual;
• Fairness — to act in way that is just and equitable to all, while avoiding undue burden on the most vulnerable in our society; and
• Social Justice — to identify and address the unfair burdens experienced by groups of individuals through intentional and unintentional policies, laws, and societal projects and practices.

Professional Principles
We advocate the following professional principles to advance public service as a profession:

• Commitment — to pursue a passion for the public interest with accountability and transparency;
• Competence — to utilize the most current knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve the public interest with efficiency and objectivity;
• Scholarship — to cherish and honor learning that enriches the human experience;
• Stewardship — to accept responsibility for decisions and actions regarding the protection of public resources;
• Diversity and Inclusiveness –  to respect and value all perspectives and experiences, creating an environment that is open to all; and
• Leadership – to inspire others to advance the public interest while actively promoting democratic participation and collaboration.

School of Public Administration Strategic Plan 2017-2021

The School of Public Administration’s current goals and objectives include the following:

  • Goal 1: Establish the school as a research leader of public service and complex societal issues.
    • Increase research and scholarly activities related to public service and complex societal issues.
    • Increase student participation in research related to public service and complex societal issues.
    • If deemed feasible, host a Central Florida municipal and nonprofit data clearinghouse with at least 50 participants by May 2021.
    • Increase community engagement activities related to public service and complex societal issues.
  • Goal 2: Cultivate a diverse community of students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends with a lifelong commitment to public service and learning.
    • Cultivate a diverse student body, faculty, staff and curriculum.
    • Promote school values, culture and success stories in 100 percent of school events, activities and communications by May 2018.
    • Engage 10 percent of alumni in school activities by May 2021; defined as either giving to the school, volunteering on a school chapter/advisroy board, attending school-sponsored events or participating in school-sponsored programs.
    • Increase contacts with potential students by 25 percent by May 2021.
  • Goal 3: Develop community leaders through robudt and high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs.
    • Develop and enhance school academic programs in areas of demand.
    • Professionalize students to maximize their chances at hiring and promotion.
  • Goal 4: Integrate international and comparative perspectives into scholarship and curricula.
    • By May 2021, increase the number of general cooperative agreements by four with universities that maintain strong and emerging public administration, public policy, planning. emergency management, research administration and/or nonprofit management programs.
    • Each academic year, increase the number of international programs and funding opportunities in which professors, researchers and students participate.
    • Increase the number of exchange and joint degree programs with targeted universities, especially in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia, by at least two by May 2021.
    • Each academic year, increase the number of peer-reviewed and book publications that are co-authored or co-edited with colleagues from outside the United States.
    • By May 2021, increase the number of courses that have a global compenent integrated into the learning objectives.
  • Goal 5: Expand philanthropic support for the school.
    • Secure research fellowship funding for two graduate students by May 2018 and five graduate students by May 2021.
    • Secure $10 million in funding to name the school by May 2021.
    • Secure $5,000 in unrestricted funds for the school by 2018 and $10,000 in unrestricted funds by May 2020.

Note: The objectives in the full plan each contain measures and time for completion, which the advisory board uses for assessment.

Click here to view the strategic plan for 2017-2021. To learn more about the school’s history, click here.