Wichita State University has adopted the following policies and procedures to comply with Regents requirements in this regard.
All candidates for a position with instructional duties that fit the preceding definition must have their spoken English assessed prior to employment through interviews with an Assessment Committee. Only a candidate who is part of a formal exchange agreement may be exempted from this requirement. Any exception must be approved by the Provost.
The Assessment Committee (which may be the Search Committee) will be appointed by the department chair or director and will be composed of at least three members: two faculty members and one student. The Assessment Committee will judge the candidate's spoken English by means of an oral interview to be conducted face-to-face or by mediated means and will sign and submit the required form.
Prospective faculty found to be potentially deficient in speaking ability
shall be required to achieve a minimum score of 23 on the Speaking section
of the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet Based Test (TOEFL
iBT) or a minimum score of 50 on the Speaking Proficiency English
Assessment Kit (SPEAK). The SPEAK is administered by the Intensive English
Language Center while the TOEFL can be taken at any ETS-authorized testing
center. A candidate is required to submit a TOEFL/SPEAK score consistent
with Kansas Board of Regents requirements to be eligible for an
appointment without spoken English remediation conditions.
A report detailing the process for interviewing prospective faculty,
including the composition of the Assessment Committee and scores from the
TOEFL or SPEAK for each new hire will be submitted to KBOR every year.
Graduate Assistants with Teaching Responsibilities:
All prospective graduate teaching assistants shall have their English competency assessed prior to being considered for any employment having classroom or laboratory instructional responsibility and/or direct tutorial responsibilities. The following shall be used to implement this policy:
October 29, 1998
May 4, 2005
July 14, 2012
November 2, 2016