Union Institute & University, a nonprofit, private university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs for adults, is now certified to administer the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Tests, which are available in several subjects and can help students earn their college degrees quicker or move on to more advanced courses sooner.

Xavier University was named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The third annual Honor Roll recognized 635 colleges and institutions nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs.

The American Chemical Society named Patrick Limbach, chemistry professor and department head at the University of Cincinnati, the 2009 Cincinnati Chemist of the Year. Limbach received the award for his contributions to chemistry education, as well as his research efforts in the field of mass spectrometry development and application.

College of Mount St. Joseph nursing graduates received the highest NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) scores among baccalaureate graduates who took the 2008 exam in the state of Ohio. Nursing graduates must take the NCLEX-RN to obtain their nursing license.

Four graduates of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Midwest Culinary Institute won the 2009 Research Chef’s Association Student Culinology Competition. The team —John Parsons,Christian Serrato, Andrew Scholle andRobert Coltrane — are now in the culinology program at UC.

Curtis Bradshaw, a December 2008 Miami University graduate, was named Ohio’s 2008 Outstanding Student Teacher by the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators. Bradshaw majored in middle childhood language arts and social studies education at Miami; he student-taught at Clinton-Massie Middle School in Clinton County.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College now offers solar power classes. Its Workforce Development Center is offering specialized training to electricians seeking certification as installers of solar photovoltaic systems, which use the sun’s energy to produce electricity.

BusinessWeek ranked Xavier University’s Williams College of Business one of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools” in the country. The Williams College of Business was ranked No. 69 out of 101 schools.

Brown Mackie College opened a new location at Linden Pointe on Montgomery Road in Norwood. Cincinnati’s Norwood Learning Site is 28,000 square feet and has 12 lecture classrooms, a bookstore, a student lounge, a medical resource center, and computer and medical labs.

Three Miami University faculty members were among 10 statewide recipients of the University System of Ohio’s first Faculty Innovator Awards. Jason Abbitt, assistant professor in the department of educational psychology; Michele Dickey, associate professor of instructional design and technology / interactive media studies; and Janet Hurn, senior instructor of physics at Miami University Middletown, were honored for their efforts to introduce digital course material into the classroom to make textbooks more affordable.

Cincinnati Christian University was named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The honor recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Three Northern Kentucky University construction management alumni — Cory Cookston, Neal Kreke and James Panasiti — will receive a Preservation Project award at the 2009 Boone County Historic Preservation Awards ceremony. The award recognizes their outstanding documentation of the c. 1810 Jonathan Carlton House in Petersburg, Ky.