Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion on Conditional Admission of Non-Native Speakers of English

Motion:
Effective Summer 2001, GSU will create a conditional admission program. An applicant who is a non-native speaker of English and meets all admission requirements except the English proficiency requirements may be eligible for conditional admission. The minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score required for conditional admission is 157 on the computer-based TOEFL or 480 on the written TOEFL. A student remains on conditional admission status until the student has met the English proficiency requirements for regular admission. A student may remain on conditional status for a maximum of three semesters. Unless granted an exception by the Chair of the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language, a student on conditional admission status may take only Intensive English Program courses.

Consistent with the Senate-specified minima noted above, the Enrollment Management Committee (EMC) is empowered to raise and lower the TOEFL scores required for conditional admission.

This motion is not intended to increase the size of the Intensive English Program (IEP).

Rationale:
We receive many applications from students who meet all admission requirements except the English proficiency requirements. The Regents have recently allowed System institutions to grant conditional admission to these students. Given GSU's strategic focus on diversity and international issues, it seems appropriate to take advantage of the new opportunity which the Regents have given us. This proposal is modeled after successful conditional admission programs across the country.

The University's current English proficiency requirements for non-native speakers of English are
--a paper TOEFL score of 525,
--a computer TOEFL score of 200,
--a GSTEP score of 6,
--satisfactory completion of the IEP, or
--completion of a college-level English composition course with a grade of "C" or better at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.


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