Buffetologist wrote:I don't know about the accounting classes, but Harvard Extension is generally low cost and high quality. It is much better than community college. Of the 4 classes I've taken there, 3 have been taught by Harvard faculty.
Michael Haselkorn, a Bentley professor, is teaching a section and seems to get generally good reviews on RateMyProfessor.com
I've taken 8 courses there, mixed undergrad and graduate courses, mostly in Linguistics and Mathematics. The majority of classes were taught by active daytime Harvard instructors (look for HI on the listing). All have been for 1/4 the cost of the day school, usually around $800 to $1500. The Economic Game Theory class was lighter on the number crunching, but I believe the reading and the lectures were largely the same (according to the TA).
I believe this is true across the board: classes are no doubt easier than day school, but the quality of lecturers and reading are high. You can take as much from them as you are motivated to learn, with access to high quality office hours.
I haven't yet decided about persuing a degree through the extension school, and would be interested in hearing more about how they are received (I'm in IT, so degrees are only a checkbox on Monster.com). About half of people in Boston are aware of the school, but I imagine that across the country that number is much lower.