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Assessment and Certification of Faculty English Proficiency Policy

Assessment and Certification of Faculty English Proficiency Policy

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
June 13, 2007; Revised December 11, 2015
Assessment and Certification of Faculty English Proficiency

This policy establishes the responsibility of McNeese State University to assess and certify faculty English proficiency. This policy applies to all full-time and part-time instructional personnel, including graduate assistants, employed by the university and who teach undergraduate and graduate level courses.

In compliance with the Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.20 and  mandates in Act 745 of the 1991 Session of the Louisiana Legislature and the University of Louisiana System Policy and Procedure Memorandum  FSIII. I.C-1, the university is responsible for certifying to the System office certification of English proficiency of all new instructional faculty hired on or after July 1, 2007.

Definitions Related to Assessment and Certification of Faculty English Proficiency Policy
"Faculty" shall mean all full-time and part-time instructional personnel, but including graduate assistants, employed by the university and who teach undergraduate and graduate level courses.

"Instruction (al)"shall mean the delivery of pedagogical content required of course fulfillment, not including: foreign language courses designed to be taught primarily in a foreign language.

Policy
Each academic department is responsible for evaluating their instructional faculty and staff for English language fluency and certifying that those individuals will be permitted to teach only after demonstrating sufficient fluency in English to be understood in the classroom.

Certification that a new instructional faculty member, teaching graduate assistant, or other academic employee is sufficiently fluent in English to teach, or that teaching will be limited to courses in which the primary language of instruction is not English, must be made at the time of hire, before the individual teaches a class, by either the academic dean, department chairperson, or designee. If the English language fluency of an individual has been assessed as insufficient or if assessment has not occurred, the academic dean, department chairman, or designee must certify that the individual will not teach. The  McNeese State University English Fluency Certification Form for New Instructional Faculty follows this policy.  The policy can be found at http://www.mcneese.edu/f/c/d2f8e53b.

McNeese shall maintain English Fluency Certification documents in each personnel file submit  a statement of certification with the University of Louisiana System Office as required indicating that all newly hired individuals who teach are fluent in the English language.

Exempt from certification to the System office are individuals who teach foreign language courses or courses designed to be taught predominately in a foreign language.

Policy References:
Act 751 of the 1991 Regular Session
Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.20
University of Louisiana System Policy and Procedure Memorandum FS-III.I.C-1

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