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Archive for November, 2008

CRN’s for Variable-Credit Courses, Spring 2009

Posted by Joyce on November 21, 2008

Since you can’t tell what CRN’s you’ve received permits for, especially for variable credit courses like 5000, 7000, and 8000, here’s a list of CRN’s you can use. The list of organized courses ( contains CRN’s for those courses.

ENGL 5000 (professional development hours) – use section 027, CRN 32292 for 3 hours
ENGL 7000 (qualifying exam hours) for 3, 6, or 9 hours, use 027, CRN 32667
ENGL 8000 (dissertation)
For local students, use section 027, CRN 32719 for 3, 6, or 9 hours
For online students who are Texas Residents, section D21, CRN 32743 for 3, 6, or 9 hours
For online students who are non-residents, section D31, CRN 32744 for 3, 6, or 9 hours

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Registration Procedures for Spring 09

Posted by Joyce on November 21, 2008

Dear graduate students,

If I have given you a permit for a course, please go into raiderlink ( and register yourself. IF it’s a variable-credit course (like 5000, 6000, 7000, or 8000), you need to make sure you’ve picked the right number of credits (3 in most cases, but 6 or 9 in others). You will need to know the CRN of the course, as I believe the system does not tell you which courses you have permission to take (go figure). All spring courses are listed, along with CRN’s, at

If we have had a mis-communication, don’t panic – there is plenty of time for registration. We’re using a new campus-wide system, and it’s going to take time before we become more efficient. Please keep track of fee bills, fee waivers, residency status, full-time status, financial aid, and other official items, as they’re all being managed by this new system. If we need to write memos to Student Business Services, the Registrar, Financial Aid, or any other office, we’ll do it as problems become apparent to us.

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Section Numbers

Posted by Joyce on November 21, 2008

When we moved to our new registration system, we had to change our section numbering system. On-campus sections are still numbered 001, 002, and so on, but the old method of naming distance sections 270 or 271 for MATC and PhD Texas residents and 370 or 371 for Phd non-Texas residents has changed.

I apologize if there are web pages or correspondence that refer to the old scheme, but what used to be 270 or 271 is now D21 or D22 (i.e .Distance section 21 or 22), and what used to be 370 or 371 is now D31 or D32.

Recall that all students taking distance courses will sign up for D21 or D22 EXCEPT out-of-state online doctoral students, who will sign up for D31 or D32 — and this is because of the way we have to bill the out-of-state students.

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May 09 Speakers

Posted by Joyce on November 20, 2008

Dear TCR faculty and graduate students,

I am pleased to announce to you that our guest scholars who will be visiting us and presenting their research during the May doctoral workshop this coming year will be Karen Schriver, May 13-14 and James Porter & Heidi McKee May 18-19.

The May doctoral workshop will run from Monday, May 11th through Saturday evening, May 23rd.

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