About the Mises Academy
The Mises Academy is the achievement of a dream that dates back to 1995, when digital media via the internet became viable. The use of this new media in achieving the Mises Institute’s goals and mission were obvious enough. It provides an opportunity to replicate the classroom environment, learning for the entire world, without the cost of travel and physical space.
All these years, we have been alert to opportunities to implement this system. And while Mises.org has always been an early adopter, we had reasons for waiting in this case. We wanted to make sure that the software was right. We were already giving away all our books, journals, and media for free, so we wanted to make sure that the online academy really added value.
In the intervening years, many other experiments with similar online environment have come and gone, confirming for us the sense that we were right to wait. Finally in 2010, the bugs have been worked out, the model has been clarified through experience, and we finally locked in on the precise software package and with great clarity on the value added from the end-user point of view.
Now we have it and it is beautiful to behold: the Mises Academy. It features a super friendly user interface, custom reporting, grades, transcripts, forums, readings, quizes, study questions, and even the option of an interactive audio/video conference – everything you need to not only replicate the physical classroom but to go the extra mile to even create advantages for all levels of education. Read what one student had to say about taking a Mises Academy online class:
This is the most useful and well presented educational experience I’ve had in my 59 years. I will be enrolled in at least one or two courses for the rest of my life if possible. Keep the courses coming! I plan to complete the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Austrian Economics if the Academy is able to offer enough material. I hope accreditation is planned but if not, so be it. The material is fundamental and answers many questions I’ve wrestled with for years. Thanks to all of you who have worked so hard over the years to make this happen!!!”
– Lee Sutterfield
The platform is the same as used by U.K. Open University (Moodle) and many other famous institutions. It has within it the capacity to enroll hundreds of thousands of students learning under professors around the world. The tuition schedule is based on the idea that the teaching is the value, not the software (and not the sports program, or dormitories, or the bureaucracy) and so the classroom grants great scholars an opportunity for a global classroom and compensation to make this effort worth their time.
And so at last, we are competing directly with the institutions teaching non-Misesian theories of economics, which means the entire high-school and college-level establishment, thereby achieving a dream that Mises himself long had of an institution that educates people for the science of liberty.
The scalability here is wonderful, so new classes will be added in the coming months as we work toward the eventual goal of an entire social-science curriculum. Again, this is a curriculum for the entire world, not just one geographic space.
So then you can see that this is a dream in the process of coming true. All the work of giants in the field of economics, including journal articles dating back more than a century, audio files going back to the 1960s, an interviews as recent as this morning, can all be put together for purposes of spreading the Misesian paradigm into the future.
The future of education is here and you can be part of it. We are pleased to add the Mises Academy to all the other services of the Mises Institute, including its comprehensive website, journals, media, and programs. A special thank you too for all the donors and members who are making this possible.
If you have any questions or issues, write us please at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a breakdown of the Mises Academy departments, see the Departments page.
Here is a sample lecture: