THEODORE R. JOHNSON
SEP 16 2013, 7:32 AM ET
“About two years ago, my classmates and I gathered in Harvard Yard to receive our graduate degrees alongside more than 7,000 of the university’s newest alumni. As the procession made its way to our designated seating area, an onlooker eyed our banner with a puzzled look and asked the guy in front of me, ‘What in the world is the Extension School?'”
My classmate’s reply: ‘It’s the back door into Harvard.’ Ouch.”
This is not the last time admission standards—or the value of a degree—are going to be an issue if MOOCs are heavily relied on by the world of extension education; but degrees obtained through extension schools should also be discussed—whether MOOCs are part of those programs or not.