Some universities are like clubs. They're exclusivity comes from the fact that they exclude people. (How's that for a tautology?) We agree. But that's not all there is to it. The reason why the Harvards of the world are prestigious also comes from their quality. We agree again that society would benefit far more from improving access to that greatness, rather than keeping to the few who are not excluded. If the degree is issued by--and states it--by Harvard Extension, then one has a Harvard degree from that particular college of Harvard. Is it a distinction without a difference? I don't think so, assuming Harvard Extension issues its own degrees. I think it matters and one's records should reflect that difference. This is not unlike going to UM Global Campus. They are a university within the UM system and issue their own degrees. One's resume and LinkedIn page should reflect that difference, just like graduating from UC Davis isn't the same as graduating from Cal Berkeley, even though they're both the University of California. If failing to make the distinction creates a material difference, then one should make the distinction. But....if Harvard Extension is just a pathway to a Harvard degree, then one earns a Harvard degree. I was enrolled in the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester. It was a semi-autonomous shop, a skunkworks, if you will. However, it is the university, not the CLMS, that is the degree-granting authority. Had I graduated when the CLMS still existed, I would have been a graduate of the University of Leicester. (The CLMS was folded into the already-existing College of Management, so the point became moot.) TL;DR: More access and pathways to the same education and degrees. But if the degree is different, say so.