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By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hurdles that women overseas face in attending college in the U.S. will be the focus of a study funded by the Ford Foundation that will examine Salem College in Winston-Salem, Bennett College in Greensboro and two other women’s schools.

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Salem’s vice president and dean, will direct the one-year project, funded with a $92,125 Ford grant to the school.

Changing policies in the U.S. and abroad are limiting educational opportunities for women, and the study aims to overcome those barriers, Wilson-Oyelalran says.

The study, which will include Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and  Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., will focus on increasing access for women in other countries to higher education in the U.S., and on improving programs at U.S. colleges to better prepare international students to address challenges in their own countries, she says.

Fifty-five of Salem’s 1,028 students and four of Bennett’s 486 students are from other countries.

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