Our Mission

The mission of the UCCS School of Public Affairs is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad, through collaborative governance, public service innovation, community engagement, and research.


SPA graduates smile in commencement attire.

To accomplish this mission, we strive to:

  1. Improve the quality of public, nonprofit, criminal justice, and national security systems.
  2. Educate leaders to meet societal challenges with compassion, vision, analytic rigor, and practicality.
  3. Foster critical thinking and decision-making, effective and confident communication, creative problem-solving, knowledge management, and global citizenship.
  4. Create, build, and maintain connections with current, past and future students and all the communities we serve.
  5. Ground our decisions and actions in integrity, diversity, collaboration, and excellence.
  6. Support and model civil public discourse, citizenship, responsibility, and respect.