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Spoken English Language Competency of Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants, Kansas Board of Regents Policy


Provide procedures for the governing the spoken English language competency of faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

Applies to: 

Prospective faculty members and graduate teaching assistants

Policy Statement: 

The Board of Regents requires that faculty and graduate teaching assistants of state universities have their English competency assessed. The full policy is available in the Kansas Board of Regents Policy Manual (II. iii). Information on the implementation of this policy for graduate teaching assistants at KU is available on the Office of Graduate Studies' website.


For prospective Graduate Teaching Assistants:
Office of Graduate Studies
Strong Hall, Room 213
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

For prospective faculty members:
Faculty Affairs
Strong Hall, Room 145
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Approved by: 
Kansas Board of Regents
Approved on: 
Friday, June 28, 1985
Effective on: 
Friday, June 28, 1985
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

Adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents 6-28-85; amended 2-18-88; 6-27-91; 6-28-95; 9-21-95; 6-27-96; 1-20-05; 11-20-08.

Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), Test of Spoken English (TSE), internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBTOEFL or iBT)
Change History: 

01/22/2024: Updated contact section.
04/04/2023: Updated links to align with current procedure.
09/08/2016: Updated broken KBOR link.
03/04/2015: Updated contact information to help accurately direct questions.
12/17/2014: Fixed broken link to Board of Regents Policy Manual; due to Board of Regents' website updates, the link goes to the beginning of the section on Appointments (II.C.2); the specific section regarding Spoken English Language Competency is II.C.2.b.iii, near the middle of the page.
10/17/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
08/25/2014: Updated to provide a direct link to the specific Spoken English Language Competency section in the Board of Regents manual, instead of just the first page of the entire Board of Regents Policy Manual. Also added language to the Policy Statement section to differentiate between the Board of Regents policy requiring the assessment, and the policy describing KU's implementation of that requirement, with links to both.
05/21/2014: Technical edits, updates for accuracy.
01/14/2014: Replaced outdated Policy Statement text, which was pasted verbatim from an outdated version of the Kansas Board of Regents Policy Manual, with a link to the updated Spoken English Language Competency policy within the most recent version of the manual (revised 12/18/13).
01/13/2014: Updated policy links within Related Documents sections.
03/27/2009: Reviewed and updated links to Related Documents.
02/18/1988; 06/27/1991; 06/28/1995; 09/21/1995; 06/27/1996; 01/20/2005; 11/20/2008: Amended.
06/28/1985: Adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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