Great Decisions

Developing Critical Thinking About Our Complex WorldGreat Decisions is an academic enrichment program for high school students. College faculty serve as discussion leaders using briefing books and DVDs, published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, highlighting eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. The program reaches at-risk students in underserved and economically-challenged areas as well as students who participate in career academies with dual enrollment or advanced placement classes.Program Benefits Include:
  • Elevating classroom discussion
  • Providing a resume-worthy after-school program
  • Fostering examination of critical current issues
  • Exploring topics from a non-partisan perspective
  • Raising awareness of an interdependent world
  • Building relationships and interact with college professors
  • Exposing students to opportunities to serve the United States of America


Participating high schools typically meet every 4-6 weeks, from September-May for a one to two hour session, facilitated by a faculty member from Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University or the University of North Florida.

The faculty affiliate at each high school establishes the guidelines for participating. Generally, the program is open to 9th - 12th graders. The high schools participating during the 2015-16 academic year are:
All participating schools must be registered prior to September 1st of each school year. Students or teachers may contact the World Affairs Council at (904) 280-8162 to learn more and get assistance in organizing a program or in becoming a program facilitator.
Faculty Resources

FundingThere is a growing demand in the Jacksonville community and surrounding areas for supplemental education such as the Council’s Great Decisions high school program. Educating youth about global issues promotes their development as global citizens and emphasizes the growing importance of other world regions to our nation’s economic prosperity and national security. With an ongoing decrease in state funding in our public school system for curriculum addressing geography, civics, world history and international affairs, the Council believes that programs such as Great Decisions are more imperative now than ever.

The program is offered to area high schools at no charge. Costs of materials and facilitator stipends are covered through:

Do consider participating as a sponsor.
We would like to thank our Great Decisions Supporters:

Emily Balz Smith Foundation
Sandy & Bob Cook