The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees met Thursday at the university’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute in the country. Founded 34 years ago, FSEC researches and develops energy technologies that enhance Florida’s and the nation’s economy and environment. Research activities include solar water and pool heating, solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel and fuel cells.

The board voted to add two new programs to the university’s academic offerings. A masters of science in Real Estate, which will be implemented in Spring 2010, will consist of 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work.

A mandate from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education led to the transformation of UCF’s current health sciences-athletic training tracks into a bachelor of science in Athletic Training.

Trustees also heard that the projected 3,800 new freshmen who started classes this semester posted an average high school GPA of 3.8 and an average SAT score of 1225, both the best in UCF’s history, according to preliminary enrollment data.