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Dean Gary Matkin of UC Irvine Serves Third Term asTreasurer of OpenCourseWare Consortium

IRVINE, Calif. – July 6, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine announces the reappointment of its dean of distance learning, Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., for a third term as treasurer of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW Consortium). Matkin will play a vital role in the leadership of the Consortium—an exceptional teaming of more than 250 global higher education institutions and associated organizations, united by the goal of advancing education and empowering people worldwide via the open sharing of educational resources.

The OCW Consortium is a recognized leader fostering the growth of the OpenCourseWare (OCW) movement – envisioning a world where institutions, educators and self-learners are given the opportunities to participate in an international movement to increase open access to knowledge. The Consortium promotes the open sharing of knowledge by enabling learners—anywhere in the world, no matter who or where they are—to view and use University-level course materials and resources through the Web—for free. Members of the Consortium have published more than 15,000 courses under open licenses, helping grow the open educational resources movement worldwide.

“OCW is rapidly growing and the world’s hunger for learning resources will continue to drive the demand for more higher education institutions, governments and businesses worldwide to participate in the movement,” said Matkin. “I am proud to be a part of the OCW Consortium as it continues to provide support for entities across the globe and the resources necessary to build OCW platforms.”

In Matkin’s role as treasurer, he will oversee the OCW Consortium budget and ensure that the organization has enough funds to carry out their stated aims and objectives. In addition to managing the organizations budget, he will report the organization’s financial status to the board and oversee the distribution of resources and investments of the Consortium and assure that appropriate financial controls are in place.

“Dean Matkin’s leadership role in the OCW movement combined with his continuing education financial management background provides the Consortium with a key contribution to our management of our operations,” said Mary Lou Forward, executive director of the OCW Consortium. “Gary’s commitment to the strength of the organization and the movement is continuously demonstrated through his service to the Consortium.”

Matkin is responsible for initiating and guiding the University’s OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.uci.edu/) initiative. UC Irvine was the first University of California campus and first West Coast university to join the Consortium. Under Matkin’s direction, the University has published more than 66 complete courses, 120 video lectures and over 1,000 learning assets from some of UCI’s most prominent faculty members on its OCW Web site—allowing learners and educators throughout the world to access some of UC Irvine’s curriculum.

Prior to becoming UCI’s dean of continuing education in March 2000, Matkin was associate dean at UC Berkeley extension, where he was chief academic officer and responsible for the UC Extension distance learning program, including its rapidly expanding online education initiative. Matkin began his career in continuing education in 1973. He holds a doctorate in higher education, a master‘s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley, and a bachelor of science degree from the University of San Francisco. Matkin is a certified public accountant and the author of Effective Budgeting in Continuing Education (1985), Technology Transfer and the University (1990), and Using Financial Information in Continuing Education: Accepted Methods and New Approaches (1997). He resides in Irvine, Calif., with his wife, Maya.

About UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare Initiative

The University of California, Irvine was the first University of California campus–and West Coast University–to join the OCW Consortium. UC Irvine's membership in the OCW Consortium is consistent with its public- and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open educational resources (OER) showcase the University's high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. UC Irvine's OCW is a large-scale, Web-based resource that houses educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, modifiable, and, best of all, free and easily available. Through the OCW movement, UC Irvine provides University-quality courses and learning assets to populations of self-learners that are underserved and in many cases, unable to participate in formal education at a university. This site also offers access to UC Irvine’s online continuing education offerings. For more information about UC Irvine's OCW initiative, visit http://open.uci.edu/, e-mail open@uci.edu or follow us at Twitter.com/UCI_OCW and Facebook (UC Irvine OpenCourseWare).

About the Distance Learning Center

The UC Irvine Distance Learning Center is dedicated to providing transforming learning experiences for local and global constituencies and offers exciting and innovative courses and certificate programs for a culturally diverse student body. Distance Learning Center provides the UC Irvine campus and strategically selected other organizations with distance learning services, including the development and delivery of courses using online technology.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.