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University Offers Members of Congress Free Course in Economics


Birmingham, Ala. – Andrew Jackson University, whose president is an economist, announced today that it is offering members of Congress a basic course in economics at no charge. “It’s our small contribution to the potential economic health of America,” stated university president Don Kassner. “The recent split vote for the proposed bailout plan indicates that perhaps some members of the House of Representatives do not have an adequate grasp of basic economic principles,” Kassner continued. “But be assured that our offer is extended to members of the Senate as well,” he said.

The idea of offering these free courses to Congress originated with a concerned citizen. School CEO Joseph Schmoke was contacted by Jay Hellman, an Andrew Jackson University shareholder, with the suggestion that he consider helping congressmen and women gain a better understanding of economics. Schmoke happened to be joining Kassner in New York for some meetings and they discussed Hellman’s suggestion over lunch. “Before our coffee got cold,” said Schmoke, “we decided that we would make the offer to the legislators and that Kassner himself would serve as course instructor. And since our courses are delivered online, none of those who accepted the offer would have to disrupt their normal routine or travel to our school.”

To accept Andrew Jackson University’s offer, members of Congress need only to contact Kassner and he will oversee these special enrollments. “Hopefully, some of our congressmen and women will take us up on this offer, and maybe some will even continue on to advanced courses,” said Kassner. “All ‘on the house,’ of course, and in the best interests of America,” he concluded.

Andrew Jackson University, a private for-profit institution that recently introduced a zero-tuition program, offers eleven degree programs, all online. Courses in economics, however, may be taken without enrolling in a full degree program. General information may be obtained on the university’s website and in its online catalog; Don Kassner may be contacted directly at



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