Renton Tech, Olympia College make top 10 list of 2-year schools: Renton Technical College and Olympia College in Bremerton are among 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize, a national award that honors excellent community colleges. The winning school, set to be announced in March, will get $1 million in prize money from the nonprofit Aspen Institute.
Database offers clues on how students pick colleges (The New York Times): A company that enables students to send academic transcripts electronically has compiled a database showing how applicants decided on a college when they were admitted to two or more schools. Using a very small sample size, the company says 82 percent of students have chosen the University of Washington over Washington State University since the 2012-13 academic year.
Ferguson-area schools also confront racial divide (Los Angeles Times): The Normandy School District, where Michael Brown was educated, was a source of controversy well before the 18-year-old’s death last month.