Date: August 26, 2009
To: Department Chairs, Graduate Coordinators and Graduate Staff
From: Dr. Kenneth J. Gerhardt
Senior Associate Dean
UF Graduate School
RE: NEW ACADEMIC WRITTEN ENGLISH (SCHOLARLY WRITING) POLICY CLARIFICATION
In line with the new policy on determining English proficiency for non-US or Puerto Rican graduate applicants, as of Fall 2009 the Graduate School will no longer put Academic Written English (Scholarly Writing) holds on newly admitted students who do not meet the recommended minimums on any one of these required tests: 6 on the IELTS, 77 on the MELAB, 213 on the computer TOEFL, 80 on the Internet TOEFL, 550 on the paper TOEFL or 320 on the verbal GRE.
To make sure that international students have sufficient English writing abilities departments will need to:
(1) Assess the suitability of an applicant's command of written English by using a holistic approach that includes test scores, writing samples, interviews (in person or by telephone) or any other appropriate means at your disposal.
(2) Decide if you want your international students to take the Academic Written English screening test. This is no longer required by the Graduate School, but it may help you with the decision to recommend tutoring or courses offered through the UF English Language Institute. Information about the screening test can be found online at http://www.lin.ufl.edu/sw.html.
(3) Personnel at the UF English Language Institute (http://www.eli.ufl.edu) will recommend appropriate courses for your students to take if needed, including EAP 5845 Academic Writing. However, tuition waivers are not available for this class.
Thank you for attention to these procedural changes.