Dr. Gary Matkin has been Dean of Continuing Education at University of California, Irvine since March 1, 2000. Matkin is a trendsetter in online education and distance learning. Among the programs he has instituted is the first online masters program in the University of California system. Matkin is the Principal Investigator of several foundation grants, including a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to advise and support the Foundation's Open Content Initiative. Matkin also serves on the UC Statewide Committee on Copyright and Technology Transfer and is the past Treasurer for the Open Courseware Consortium. Matkin is responsible for all aspects of the academic programs and operations of University Extension, Summer Session, and the UCI Distance Learning Center. University Extension offers over 2,400 courses per year to about 40,000 students annually. Summer Session offers over 800 courses to 12,000 students each summer, including 40 online undergraduate courses that have served about 10,000 students over the last five years. The combined budgets of the three units exceed $72 million annually. The UCI Distance Learning Center creates and delivers online and hybrid education to over 13,000 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students each year.
Matkin directs the University’s contribution to the Open Educational Resources movement. UCI’s open initiatives, which have included 15 MOOCs (massive open online courses), served over 1 million people last year. Matkin served as treasurer of the Open Education Consortium for 2 consecutive years.
Matkin also oversees the University’s programs for international students, including English, Certificate and Custom programs, which generate over 10,000 enrollments per year.