CLEMSON — Clemson University’s board of trustees met on campus Friday to take action related to academic programs and facility improvements and to hear reports from the president and faculty, staff and student representatives.

Provost Doris Helms gave an update on the admissions process. The university has received more than 16,600 applications, a four percent increase over same period last year and the largest number of applications in university history. Approximately 9,000 students have been accepted, also a four percent increase over the previous year.

The trustees approved academic institutes to support interdisciplinary work by faculty in departments across campus:

  • Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environment, focusing on the design, development and evaluation of intelligent built environments and their components and education of specialized populations. The research will be conducted by faculty members in architecture, electrical and computer engineering, advanced materials and human factors.
  • Institute for Innovation in Building Materials, focusing on improving building performance, materials and systems. The faculty members are in architecture, civil engineering and materials science and engineering.

The trustees also approved name modifications for:

  • Rutland Institute for Ethics, reflecting the campuswide and community focus and programs of the former center for ethics, and
  • International Institute for Academic Integrity, reflecting its role as an organization of colleges, universities and some K-12 schools from the United States and other countries.

Two new certificate programs were approved for:

  • Systems engineering, with tracks in software intensive systems and manufacturing and service enterprise system, and
  • Sales, including nine semester hours and an experiential component for undergraduates.

The board approved three requests related to facilities:

  • concept approval for renovation of the HVAC system in Barnett residence hall,
  • a utility easement for the Innovation Center at the Advanced Materials Research Park in Anderson County and
  • a lease agreement for Patriots Point organization to moor the museum ship USS Laffey adjacent to Clemson’s property at the former Navy base in North Charleston.

President James F. Barker presented a 10-year video reflecting the university progress in past decade and voiced his challenge to the campus for the next 10 years.

“Let’s keep going,” he said.