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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

A&M student who lost election files court papers for possible lawsuit
 A Texas A&M University student who was disqualified after winning the most votes for student body president has asked a court for permission to take sworn statements in preparation for a possible lawsuit on religious, due process and other grounds. Lawyers for Robert McIntosh filed the petition Thursday in state district court in Brazos County...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Texas A&M University student who was disqualified after winning the most votes for student body president has asked a court for permission to take sworn statements in preparation for a possible lawsuit on religious, due process and other grounds. Lawyers for Robert McIntosh filed the petition Thursday in state district court in Brazos County...
Schwarzenegger to address U. of Houston graduates, minus $40K fee

Posted: 4 days ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger — actor, businessman, former California governor and, lately, trader of salvos with President Donald Trump — will be the University of Houston’s commencement speaker May 12. The university initially said he would be paid $40,000, then announced that he was waiving the fee. “Gov. Schwarzenegger...
Is the Texas Senate balancing its budget on the back of higher ed?
 Facing a tight budget outlook and unwilling to raise taxes or tap a multibillion-dollar rainy day fund, state Senate Republicans looking for areas to make big cuts have hit a wall in almost every major spending category. Most health care funding is tied up in federal mandates. Significant cuts to K-12 education funding would be politically...

Posted: 4 days ago

Facing a tight budget outlook and unwilling to raise taxes or tap a multibillion-dollar rainy day fund, state Senate Republicans looking for areas to make big cuts have hit a wall in almost every major spending category. Most health care funding is tied up in federal mandates. Significant cuts to K-12 education funding would be politically...
A&M fires back as Rick Perry disputes gay Aggie student’s election win
 The notion, advanced by former Gov. Rick Perry, that a diversity agenda was somehow behind the election of the first openly gay student body president at Texas A&M University is “just not accurate,” a university spokeswoman said Thursday. Perry, now the U.S. energy secretary, suggested in a Houston Chronicle op-ed column Wednesday...

Posted: 4 days ago

The notion, advanced by former Gov. Rick Perry, that a diversity agenda was somehow behind the election of the first openly gay student body president at Texas A&M University is “just not accurate,” a university spokeswoman said Thursday. Perry, now the U.S. energy secretary, suggested in a Houston Chronicle op-ed column Wednesday...
Ben Crenshaw backing bill to transfer Muny from UT to state parks unit
 Pro golfer Ben Crenshaw testified Tuesday in support of proposed state legislation that would remove Lions Municipal Golf Course from University of Texas ownership to prevent potential development of the historic West Austin site. The two-time Masters winner and three-time NCAA champion at UT, who grew up playing at the course, said its value...

Posted: 6 days ago

Pro golfer Ben Crenshaw testified Tuesday in support of proposed state legislation that would remove Lions Municipal Golf Course from University of Texas ownership to prevent potential development of the historic West Austin site. The two-time Masters winner and three-time NCAA champion at UT, who grew up playing at the course, said its value...
UT’s ‘donor intent’ argument might not fly when it comes to Muny measure
 When it comes to philanthropic contributions, University of Texas System officials often emphasize the importance of respecting “donor intent” — in other words, using the money or gift as the donor instructed. It remains to be seen whether that principle will cut much ice with state lawmakers when it comes to 141 acres of...

Posted: 16 days ago

When it comes to philanthropic contributions, University of Texas System officials often emphasize the importance of respecting “donor intent” — in other words, using the money or gift as the donor instructed. It remains to be seen whether that principle will cut much ice with state lawmakers when it comes to 141 acres of...
Resignations of 2 presidents compound challenges for UT System

Posted: 17 days ago

A little more than a week ago, the president of the University of Texas at San Antonio resigned, apologizing for hugging women in a way that made them uncomfortable. And last week, the president of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston stepped down amid layoffs, financial troubles, faculty unrest and a critical audit. The departure...
UT adopts stricter punishments for hate, bias, intolerance
 The University of Texas adopted a new policy Wednesday that more clearly and forcefully declares its condemnation and prohibition of certain acts of intolerance, hate and bias. “The Hate and Bias Incident Policy establishes that actions conducted with discriminatory and hateful intent on our campus will be punished rapidly and with...

Posted: 19 days ago

The University of Texas adopted a new policy Wednesday that more clearly and forcefully declares its condemnation and prohibition of certain acts of intolerance, hate and bias. “The Hate and Bias Incident Policy establishes that actions conducted with discriminatory and hateful intent on our campus will be punished rapidly and with...
UT adopts more stringent policy on hate, bias, intolerance

Posted: 19 days ago

The University of Texas adopted a new policy Wednesday that more clearly and forcefully declares its condemnation and prohibition of certain acts of intolerance, hate or bias. “The Hate and Bias Incident Policy establishes that actions conducted with discriminatory and hateful intent on our campus will be punished rapidly and with greater...
Correct Latin word installed on UT memorial to Tower sniper’s victims
 The wrong Latin word has been replaced with the right Latin word on a granite memorial to the victims of the University of Texas Tower sniper. As originally chiseled, the line above the names of Charles Whitman’s victims read “Interfectum August 1, 1966.” It has been covered with a stone panel reading “Interfecti August...

Posted: 19 days ago

The wrong Latin word has been replaced with the right Latin word on a granite memorial to the victims of the University of Texas Tower sniper. As originally chiseled, the line above the names of Charles Whitman’s victims read “Interfectum August 1, 1966.” It has been covered with a stone panel reading “Interfecti August...
Correct Latin word installed on UT memorial to Tower sniper’s victims
 The wrong Latin word has been replaced with the right Latin word on a granite memorial to the victims of University of Texas Tower sniper Charles Whitman. As originally chiseled, the line above the victims’ names read “Interfectum August 1, 1966.” It has been covered with a stone panel reading “Interfecti August...

Posted: 20 days ago

The wrong Latin word has been replaced with the right Latin word on a granite memorial to the victims of University of Texas Tower sniper Charles Whitman. As originally chiseled, the line above the victims’ names read “Interfectum August 1, 1966.” It has been covered with a stone panel reading “Interfecti August...