Harvard Extension School Offering Microcertificates

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by JoshD, Jun 17, 2023.

  1. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

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  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Wow! How many semesters to pay for it? :)
  3. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    You can get a doctorate or two master's degrees in Kenya for that kind of money. Also, you can add a few more thousands and get an AACSB-accredited master's degree at LSU-S or Lamar.
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  4. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

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  5. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Thanks but no thanks. LOL.
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Yeah, but then you wouldn't get to spontaneously tell everyone that you went to Haaaaaaaarvard.
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  7. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    The incremental cost for some students will be zero: These microcertificates can stack toward full-fledged graduate certificates and/or master's at Harvard Extension. An interim credential along the way, and eventually an additional point on the résumé maybe highlighting a more specific knowledge or skill area.
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  8. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    You could always visit Harvard's campus. I don't think one would be lying if after their visit they tell people they "went" to Harvard.
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    You mean Haaaaaaahvahd, I believe.
  10. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    I saw so many people visiting Harvard for clout! (When I attended on campus. Be your own judge of my reasons!)
  11. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

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  12. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    Note that the microcertificates are from the subject areas Business Management, Sustainability, and Technology, but those are not titles of microcertificates. The microcertificates currently offered are:

    Applied FinTech and Digital Assets
    Project Management Methodologies
    Wellbeing at Work

    Circular Economics
    Life Cycle Assessment
    Regenerative Agriculture
    Sustainable Finance

    Database Management
    Web Application Development
    Data Modeling and Ethics
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  13. Courcelles

    Courcelles Active Member

    With the low understanding of what even a full graduate certificate is, 6 grand for a “micro certificate” sounds crazy. What’s the market, people with too much money who just want “Harvard” on their CV?
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  14. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I did and I don't.

    I did a strategic leadership program at the JFK School, but I don't really list it anywhere--certainly not on my resume. I don't think it's on my website or LinkedIn page, but I never look at those so I don't know. And I certainly never say I "went to Harvard" because it would leave the wrong impression. Interestingly, even doing that course has Harvard deeming me an alumnus, but I don't.
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  15. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    When one takes a degree from a university--especially a foreign (to them) one, one also takes on the culture. I learned this first hand teaching at a yet-to-be-accredited school whose student body was entirely foreign. The actual reputation of the individual school mattered not one bit. That the student had studied in the US? Priceless.

    If I lived in the U.S.--and I do--I would be very cautious about studying for a degree from a university in many of the countries I've seen mentioned on this board, unless the individual reputation of the school was distinct from its host country.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2023
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  16. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

  17. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    The micro credentials offered by Harvard and MIT among others are cheaper via EDX or Coursera.
    Good way to add skills and demonstrate continues developement.
    I recently completed 9 course specializations.
    That meet my employers CEs requirements and also updated skills.
    A name recognition is good and most of the material used are from Harvard, MIT etc graduate coriculum including the capstone project.
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  18. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Abracadabra, alakazam!:emoji_tophat: (To pull a rabbit out of.)
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  19. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    The proof is in the pudding!
  20. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Regarding credentials, I use Pierre Bourdieu's Capital Theory. You have two exchanges of capital here. You give your hard work and money, and the school provides the learning opportunity and the credential.

    We spend most of our time chatting about the credential's value. But what about the education that comes with it? When you pony up that much money, do you get a lot of useful learning out of the deal?

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