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HouseBill Number: 3181Primary Sponsor: KirshCommittee Number: 04Type of Legislation: GBSubject: English Fluency in Higher Learning ActResiding Body: SenateComputer Document Number: BBM/9054.DWIntroduced Date: Jan 09, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Feb 21, 1991Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Feb 27, 1991Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: KirshType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3181 Senate Feb 27, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 04 referred to Committee 3181 House Feb 26, 1991 Read third time, sent to Senate 3181 House Feb 21, 1991 Amended, read second time 3181 House Feb 20, 1991 Debate interrupted by expiration of time on the uncontested Calendar 3181 House Feb 19, 1991 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, February 20 3181 House Feb 13, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 3181 House Jan 09, 1991 Introduced and read first 21 time, referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
February 21, 1991
S. Printed 2/21/91--H.
Read the first time January 9, 1991.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-103-160 SO AS TO ENACT THE ENGLISH FLUENCY IN HIGHER LEARNING ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING TO EVALUATE THEIR FACULTIES FOR FLUENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, PROVIDE CERTIFICATES AS TO THAT FLUENCY, PROVIDE FOR PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE, AND CONFER POWERS AND DUTIES UPON THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-103-160. (A) This section may be cited as the English Fluency in Higher Learning Act.
(B) The following words and phrases when used in this section have the meanings given to them unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
`Instructional faculty' means every member of a public institution of higher learning, other than visiting faculty but including graduate teaching assistants, who teaches one or more undergraduate credit courses at a campus of that institution within this State except:
(1) courses that are designed to be taught predominately in a foreign language;
(2) student participatory and activity courses such as clinics, studios, seminars, and laboratories;
(3) special arrangement courses such as individualized instruction and independent study courses; and
(4) continuing education courses.
(C) Each public institution of higher learning shall establish policies to ensure that the instructional faculty possess adequate proficiency in both the written and spoken English language. Student and faculty input is required in establishing these policies.
(D) Each institution of higher learning must submit its policy to the Commission on Higher Education within one year from the effective date of this section. Any amendment to the policy must be promptly forwarded to the commission. The commission shall notify the chairmen of the Senate and House Education Committees of those institutions not complying with the provisions of this section."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect sixty days after approval by the Governor.