Revision in the Procedures for the Evaluation and Certification of the English Fluency of Undergraduate Instructional Personnel
Last year several revisions were made in our Procedures for the Evaluation and Certification of the English Fluency of Undergraduate Instructional Personnel. Among these changes were revised scoring standards necessitated by the new Test of Spoken English (TSE) introduced in 1996 by the Educational Testing Service. These new standards, which required students to attain a score of 60 in order to be certified as fluent, were recommended by our office of English Language Programs on the basis of a sample population test.
As the result of over a year's experience, the office of English Language Programs has concluded that the score of 60 is too high and recommends lowering it. After consulting with the Council of Undergraduate Deans, I have accepted this recommendation. Effective immediately, a score above 55 qualifies for automatic certification, while anyone presenting a score of 55 or below must take the Interactive Performance Test.
Copies of the revised policy and new certification form have been sent to all the Academic Deans, Department Chairs, and Graduate Group Chairs. Any questions about the new scoring standard or the new certification form should be directed to Mary Ann Julian in the office of English Language Programs.
-- Michael L. Wachter, Interim Provost
Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 30, April 21, 1998