Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Higher education reporter

Ralph K.M. Haurwitz has covered higher education for the Austin American-Statesman since 2004. He was previously a projects reporter and, before that, covered the environmental beat. He began working at the Statesman in 1993 after editing and writing at newspapers in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife live in Austin and have two adult children.

Latest from Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

In two days, two handguns left unattended in women’s restrooms at UT
 In the space of two days this week, handguns were left unattended in two women’s restrooms at the University of Texas. A holstered pistol was found Tuesday on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a restroom stall at the Graduate School of Business building on the main campus, said Cindy Posey, a university spokeswoman. Then, on Wednesday...

Posted: 11 hours ago

In the space of two days this week, handguns were left unattended in two women’s restrooms at the University of Texas. A holstered pistol was found Tuesday on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a restroom stall at the Graduate School of Business building on the main campus, said Cindy Posey, a university spokeswoman. Then, on Wednesday...
UT student claims pistol left in bathroom as a second pistol turns up
 A holstered pistol left Tuesday in a women’s bathroom at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business has been claimed by a student who has a license to carry a handgun, according to UT police. Meanwhile, the police said Wednesday that they received another report of a pistol found unattended in a women’s bathroom, this...

Posted: 17 hours ago

A holstered pistol left Tuesday in a women’s bathroom at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business has been claimed by a student who has a license to carry a handgun, according to UT police. Meanwhile, the police said Wednesday that they received another report of a pistol found unattended in a women’s bathroom, this...
Texas State poised to adopt new standards for fraternities, sororities
 Texas State University is poised to adopt new standards for fraternities and sororities following the death of a pledge who had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the limit for driving. The new standards, recommended by a university task force that conducted a review of the Greek system, have been accepted by President Denise Trauth...

Posted: a day ago

Texas State University is poised to adopt new standards for fraternities and sororities following the death of a pledge who had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the limit for driving. The new standards, recommended by a university task force that conducted a review of the Greek system, have been accepted by President Denise Trauth...
UT System Board of Regents to evaluate itself at least every two years

Posted: 6 days ago

The Board of Regents of the 14-campus University of Texas System, which is already engaged in a bit of self-reflection with a new chairwoman and the search for a new chancellor, has adopted a rule requiring the board to evaluate itself at least every two years. The rule, adopted unanimously by the regents Thursday with no discussion, is intended...
UT Board of Regents adopts rule requiring ‘self-assessment’
 The Board of Regents of the 14-campus University of Texas System, which is already engaged in a bit of self-reflection with some new members and an outgoing chancellor, adopted a rule Thursday requiring board “self-evaluation” every two years. The rule is intended to comply with new accreditation requirements of the Southern Association...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Board of Regents of the 14-campus University of Texas System, which is already engaged in a bit of self-reflection with some new members and an outgoing chancellor, adopted a rule Thursday requiring board “self-evaluation” every two years. The rule is intended to comply with new accreditation requirements of the Southern Association...
ACC considers, then drops, plan to outsource student advising
 Austin Community College, determined to improve retention and graduation rates, recently took the rare step of inviting companies to bid for a contract to help students earn degrees or certificates. It’s not unusual for community colleges to work with civic, nonprofit and other groups in guiding students through the education pipeline...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin Community College, determined to improve retention and graduation rates, recently took the rare step of inviting companies to bid for a contract to help students earn degrees or certificates. It’s not unusual for community colleges to work with civic, nonprofit and other groups in guiding students through the education pipeline...
ACC considers, then drops, plan to outsource student advising
 Austin Community College, determined to improve retention and graduation rates, recently took the rare step of inviting companies to bid for a contract to help students earn degrees or certificates. It’s not unusual for community colleges to work with civic, nonprofit and other groups in guiding students through the education pipeline...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin Community College, determined to improve retention and graduation rates, recently took the rare step of inviting companies to bid for a contract to help students earn degrees or certificates. It’s not unusual for community colleges to work with civic, nonprofit and other groups in guiding students through the education pipeline...
UT System shuts Institute for Transformational Learning to cut costs
 The University of Texas System has closed a unit that works to expand online classes and competency-based education after allocating it nearly $100 million since its inception in 2012. The action last week was not surprising, given that a reconstituted Board of Regents wants to cut system administration spending to free up more money for...

Posted: 13 days ago

The University of Texas System has closed a unit that works to expand online classes and competency-based education after allocating it nearly $100 million since its inception in 2012. The action last week was not surprising, given that a reconstituted Board of Regents wants to cut system administration spending to free up more money for...
UT System shuts tech-style learning unit as it works to pare spending
 The University of Texas System has closed a unit that works to expand online classes and competency-based education after seeding it with nearly $100 million. The action last week was not surprising, given that a reconstituted Board of Regents wants to cut system administration spending to free up more money for the various campuses. The...

Posted: 13 days ago

The University of Texas System has closed a unit that works to expand online classes and competency-based education after seeding it with nearly $100 million. The action last week was not surprising, given that a reconstituted Board of Regents wants to cut system administration spending to free up more money for the various campuses. The...
White supremacists who demonstrated at UT were with ‘Patriot Front’
 Masked demonstrators with burning torches who gathered in front of the University of Texas Tower in November to warn of an “existential threat” against the nation were members of an increasingly active white supremacist group known as Patriot Front, according to university records, a nonprofit watchdog organization and the group&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Masked demonstrators with burning torches who gathered in front of the University of Texas Tower in November to warn of an “existential threat” against the nation were members of an increasingly active white supremacist group known as Patriot Front, according to university records, a nonprofit watchdog organization and the group&rsquo...
White supremacists who demonstrated at UT were with ‘Patriot Front’
 Masked demonstrators with burning torches who gathered in front of the University of Texas Tower in November to speak of an “existential threat” against the nation were members of an increasingly active white supremacist group known as Patriot Front, according to university records, a nonprofit watchdog organization and the group&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Masked demonstrators with burning torches who gathered in front of the University of Texas Tower in November to speak of an “existential threat” against the nation were members of an increasingly active white supremacist group known as Patriot Front, according to university records, a nonprofit watchdog organization and the group&rsquo...