Developing Critical Thinking About Our Complex World

Great Decisions is a year-long student enrichment program on foreign affairs that fosters critical-thinking, conversation and decision-making skills. 

Since 2004, the Great Decisions program has grown to include sixteen area high schools, reaching 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

“Perhaps most important, Great Decisions instilled within me a desire to pursue foreign relations as a course of study and future career. Someday I want, not only read about foreign policy, but to craft it myself.” - Sharria Wilson, former Great Decisions participant at Stanton College Preparatory School

Program Structure

Briefing books and DVDs, published annually by the Foreign Policy Association for Great Decisions, highlight eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans today. College professors and high school teachers co-facilitate the monthly sessions and encourage students to drive the conversation, ask questions and share opinions.

Additionally, the Council provides interactive opportunities for participants to apply their skills and knowledge refined over the course of the Great Decisions program, and to connect with fellow students across classroom, school and district lines.

Kick-Off Dinner & Dialogue

Student Interactions

International Crisis Management Exercise (ICME)

2016-2017 Participants

High Schools:
Allen D. Nease ● Creekside ● Darnell-Cookman ● Douglas Anderson ● Duncan U. Fletcher ● Fleming Island ● Hilliard ● Mandarin ● Ponte Vedra ● Robert E. Lee ● Samuel W. Wolfson ● Stanton ● Terry Parker ● West Nassau ● William M. Raines ● Yulee

Flagler College ● Florida State College at Jacksonville ● Jacksonville University ● University of North Florida