CLEMSON — Clemson University has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in recognition of Clemson’s strong commitment to being a leader in regional economic engagement.

The designation recognizes universities for working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.

Clemson received the designation after conducting a thorough self-review with internal and external stakeholder input and a rigorous independent review process.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of the top universities in the country for our programs in innovation and economic development that promote prosperity for our citizens, state and region,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements, who also is chairman of the board of directors for the APLU. “Contributing to economic opportunity is central to Clemson’s mission, and innovation and economic engagement will continue to be integrated into Clemson’s teaching, research, and outreach missions through the new 2020Forward plan.”

APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) is continuing to lead efforts to help public universities plan, assess, and communicate their work in regional, national, and global economic development using the CICEP Economic Engagement Framework. The framework includes tools for university self-assessment, metrics determination, and economic impact analysis.

Clemson’s commitment to innovation and economic growth is evident statewide:

  • The $250 million Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) innovation campus in Greenville has two projects under construction, including a new multi-tenant building, One Research Drive, which is expected to create 220 jobs and generate $2.6 million in private investment at the outset. The other is the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, a collaboration between Clemson, Greenville Technical College and manufacturers to enhance development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • The Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus (CUBEInC) is expanding the university’s bioengineering innovation footprint beyond Greenville Health System’s Patewood Medical Campus, where startup companies are forming and corporate partnerships are producing tangible clinical applications.
  • The Greenville Health System Healthcare Research Partnership is the first shared academic health center with a health care system and multiple universities in the nation. Clemson is the primary research partner.
  • The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) campus in North Charleston is the world’s most-advanced energy systems testing and research center and will help to establish long-term partnerships with industry for workforce development, research and education with its wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility and electrical grid simulator.
  • The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service engages citizens to improve economic development and quality of life with agents in all 46 South Carolina counties and research conducted at the University’s five Research and Education Centers.

“Public universities serve as economic engines for their local communities and states by conducting cutting edge research to reach new breakthroughs and developing the talent to help existing businesses grow stronger and enabling new ones to develop and thrive,” APLU President Peter McPherson said. “The 18 institutions in the 2015 class of Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities serve as wonderful models of how public research universities extend beyond their campuses to engage their communities in economic development that creates jobs and improves lives.”

In its application, Clemson pledged to improve access, coordination, communication and responsiveness with internal and external audiences with regard to economic engagement, demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning and improvement.


Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Representing 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is the nation’s oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico. Annually, APLU member campuses enroll 4.8 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.4 million faculty and staff, and conduct $41.4 billion in university-based research.

Clemson University
Ranked No. 20 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.