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AF students 1 - African Students in U. Hardly Joe College' By...
African Students in U. Hardly Joe College' By G. K. HODENFIELD WASHINGTON 'API-There are about 2,500 Africans in U. S. colleges colleges and universities Ihis year. with hardly a rah-rah "Joe College" College" type in the lot. They have little time for sports or hobbies. They are serious, better-lhan-average students, de- spile some difficulty with the English English language. They know what they want out of college. And they know what they want to do when they go home. That is the picture drawn in a survey made by Ihe Institute of International Education, published published Monday. Some highlights: Most African students are har- sssed by financial problems, although although it doesn't seem to aftect their grades. Only a few had any real knowl- Africans questioned said they were certain they would relurn home, 2 per cent said they probably probably would, and the resl was undecided. hen asked how often they had experienced "not having enough money," 71 per cenl of the Africans Africans said "many times" or "sometimes." In reply to another question,- 62 per cent said they had serious financial problems. Yet, more than half the slu- denls -- 59 per cent -- said they were able to meet their financial obligations fairly well or very well. The survey showed thai 49 per cent provided their own support in whole or part. Eleven per cent were supported entirely by their The most common reasons for lhat difficulty were given as American Negroes were unfriendly unfriendly toward Africans and American Negroes acted superior. One African student in a small Midwestern college said: "I personally don't understand American Negroes, and 1 think American Negroes fail to understand understand Africans. Africans have been brought up in one culture, and American Negroes are victims victims of circumstance in another culture home governments, and 10 per cent by the U.S. government. edge of what an American ,,,. Otner sources of supiwrt include lege is like befnre thev arrived ? hurches ' p TM' atc foundations. on g the campus. Some were bitter "°TM about what they said was the false impression of this country given by the U.S. Information Agency. They expected to find racial discrimination discrimination in Ihe South, and did, but many were shocked to find it in the Northern states as well, particularly in churches. Almost two-thirds of those questioned questioned reported trouble in getting along with American Negroes. About four out of five are "mostly satisfied" or "completely satisfied" with their educational programs in the United Slates. But some felt (hey were nol getting getting enough practical experience. The survey included 1.010 mailed questionnaires and 208 personal interviews. The students questioned were from African nations south of the Sahara, excluding the Union of South Africa, who are attending institutions of higher education in Minnesota. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts. Arkansas. Alabama. Alabama. Georgia. Tennessee, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. According to the survey: "The composite African student, embodying (he most typical char- acleristics, is a 2S-year-old single male from either Nigeria or Kenya Kenya who is beginning the junior year and is studying social science. He would like to stay in the United States long enough to earn a doctor's degree but expects, expects, realistically, to return home after obtaining his master's degree." An estimated 1C per cenl of all The report noted lhat finding a job often poses a problem for the African student: "Considering manual labor be- nealh his dignity, the African student wants work thai is in some way related to his major field." Almosl 60 per cent of the African African students reported they were given no orientation of any type before they came to this country. Others said they resented the way Ihe U.S. Information Agency and American missionaries pictured this as "the land of milk and honey." Generally, however, the students students expressed satisfaction with the education they are getting. Medical students did complain they were getting no training to combat the diseases most prevalent prevalent in Africa. Engineering students students said Ihey were studying construction methods which utilized utilized the most modern equipment, none of which will be available to Ihem when they relurn to Africa. Seventy-seven per cenl of the students said Ihey had experienced experienced racial discrimination, 22 per cent of them "many times." Restaurants were the most frequent frequent source of trouble. ".The Africans were sharply crilical of white Americans who treated them better after they had identified themselves as Africans Africans rather than American Negroes," Negroes," Ihe report said. "Many students," the report said, "reported difficulties and embarrassments when attempting to date American white girls. At campus dances, white girls re- foreign students either remain this country permanently eventually return here. I By contrast, 97 per cent of Ihe! 7 Named io C-C Board al Cisco CISCO IRNS) - The cily com- .fuse to dance with them. As one '"! student put it, 'There are many r |ways a girl can refuse a dance." The African students reported feeling of disappoinlment al what they perceived Io be a lack of inleresl in them by American Negroes. Thirty-eight per cent of the Africans Africans reported they had no American Negro friends, and Kt per cent said Africans and Ameri. mission has appointed seven new| can Negroes had difficulty gelling directors for the Chamber of Com.] alln £- merce to lake office Jan. ] for two-year terms, according Io a

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  1. Abilene Reporter-News,
  2. 05 Dec 1961, Tue,
  3. Page 38

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