Who We Are
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS) at St. Petersburg College aims to ENHANCE understanding, EDUCATE students and citizens, and ENGAGE conversation in support of effective, solution-oriented public policy. Housed on SPC’s Seminole Campus, ISPS provides a forum to explore local, state, national and international issues. The vision for the Institute originated in the mid-2000s when, in recognition of late Congressman C.W. Bill Young’s leadership in Washington and Tallahassee as well as his commitment to educational and economic development initiatives, the Florida Legislature designated funds to establish the Institute.
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College is dedicated to advancing academic excellence, community engagement, economic vitality and public understanding through high-quality, solutions-directed, non-partisan public policy programs. Its purpose is to enrich the education experience, engage with local government to promote unity and efficiency, facilitate economic activity, and involve citizens in their college and government.
ISPS seeks to educate the community in the following ways:
- Promote student engagement
- Enhance civic and community involvement
- Serve as a center for public discourse
- Identify economic initiatives