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UCI Extension Announces Name Change to UCI Division of Continuing Education to Emphasize Lifelong Learning

Division’s Goal is to Foster and Support Continuing Education Across the University and Within Community

IRVINE, Calif. – July 5, 2016 – University of California, Irvine Extension, the continuing education unit of UCI, announces that the institution will change its name to the UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE). The name change emphasizes the high importance UCI places on the lifelong learning of its graduates and community members. Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D. has served as Dean of University Extension since 2001 and will continue on as dean of UCI DCE.

“UCI now, more than ever, is recognizing the importance of the ’60 year curriculum’ — lifelong learning for everyone,” said Dean Matkin. “We, at the Division of Continuing Education, look forward to expanding our services for the benefit of all learners as well as supporting campus-wide projects and departments and schools that have continuing education needs.”

The UCI DCE will apply its extensive marketing capabilities to successfully recruit students to new degree and certificate programs. It will utilize the University’s open education initiatives to serve current students and promote UCI as a major international institution. With the Division’s flexibility, the DCE will serve as an experimental organization for new instructional technology and practices and continue to help students locally and from abroad find and develop meaningful academic endeavors and professional careers.

Serving the Orange County community and beyond since 1962, UCI Division of Continuing Education offers learning opportunities to more than 30,000 enrollments from students worldwide each year. The Division offers hundreds of exciting courses and programs to local, regional and global constituencies online and on-campus. Academic programs include professional certificate and specialized studies programs, and free, open educational resources through the UCI Open Education initiative.

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About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

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