Education: Straight-A Africans

In rushing pell-mell to U.S. campuses, African students often find a bitter reality of poverty, loneliness and academic failure. One cure for this mess, which wins the U.S. no friends in Africa, is a common-sense group called the African Scholarship Program of American Universities. Developed three years ago by David D. Henry, former admissions dean of Harvard, A.S.P.A.U. now links 24 African countries with 213 U.S. campuses. By working with the African branch offices of the African-American Institute, it seeks to solve the key problem: selecting the right students for the right campuses before they go to the U.S. Last week...

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