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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

UT’s Fenves removes Confederate statues as symbols of white supremacy
 Ever since they were dedicated in 1933, statues of three Confederate leaders and one son of a Confederate officer had stood beneath graceful live oaks on the campus of the University of Texas. In a few hours late Sunday and early Monday, crews removed them from their pedestals on the orders of UT President Gregory L. Fenves, who said the...

Posted: a day ago

Ever since they were dedicated in 1933, statues of three Confederate leaders and one son of a Confederate officer had stood beneath graceful live oaks on the campus of the University of Texas. In a few hours late Sunday and early Monday, crews removed them from their pedestals on the orders of UT President Gregory L. Fenves, who said the...
UT removes Confederate statues from South Mall
 University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves abruptly announced late Sunday that four statues of people with Confederate ties would be removed immediately from the school’s South Mall. The bronze likenesses of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster John H. Reagan will be relocated to...

Posted: 2 days ago

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves abruptly announced late Sunday that four statues of people with Confederate ties would be removed immediately from the school’s South Mall. The bronze likenesses of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster John H. Reagan will be relocated to...
UT’s McRaven worries that U.S. is losing sight of its common humanity

Posted: 5 days ago

University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven said Thursday that the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., has heightened his concern that the nation is losing sight of its common humanity. “Some, who are lost in a world of hatred, bigotry and violence, are focusing on our differences and not our commonalities,”...
UT’s Fenves: No place for white supremacy in America
 University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the American-Statesman, which asked whether he was considering removing statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee and other Confederate figures from campus as a result of race-fueled violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.: “The display...

Posted: 6 days ago

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the American-Statesman, which asked whether he was considering removing statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee and other Confederate figures from campus as a result of race-fueled violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.: “The display...
Texas A&M could be on thin ice in cancelling white nationalist rally
 When a white nationalist spoke at Texas A&M University in December, school officials said they were duty-bound to tolerate free speech, even speech they considered repugnant. A&M changed its policy later to bar outside people from using on-campus conference rooms without sponsorship of a university-sanctioned group. No such requirement applies...

Posted: 7 days ago

When a white nationalist spoke at Texas A&M University in December, school officials said they were duty-bound to tolerate free speech, even speech they considered repugnant. A&M changed its policy later to bar outside people from using on-campus conference rooms without sponsorship of a university-sanctioned group. No such requirement applies...
Texas A&M cancels ‘White Lives Matter’ rally, citing safety concerns
 “Today Charlottesville, Tomorrow Texas A&M.” That was the headline on a text message over the weekend from a right-wing activist announcing plans for a “White Lives Matter” event with white nationalist and white supremacist figures speaking at the College Station campus Sept. 11. That news sent ripples of concern through...

Posted: 8 days ago

“Today Charlottesville, Tomorrow Texas A&M.” That was the headline on a text message over the weekend from a right-wing activist announcing plans for a “White Lives Matter” event with white nationalist and white supremacist figures speaking at the College Station campus Sept. 11. That news sent ripples of concern through...
White nationalist rally at A&M canceled, Texas lawmaker says
 A white nationalist rally planned for the Texas A&M University campus Sept. 11 has been canceled by A&M System Chancellor John Sharp out of safety concerns, a member of the state House said Monday. Rep. John Raney, R-College Station, said university officials cited online hate messages, including those sent by some people saying...

Posted: 8 days ago

A white nationalist rally planned for the Texas A&M University campus Sept. 11 has been canceled by A&M System Chancellor John Sharp out of safety concerns, a member of the state House said Monday. Rep. John Raney, R-College Station, said university officials cited online hate messages, including those sent by some people saying...
As a judge, Abbott blessed SOS ordinance, the epitome of local control
 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been on a tear lately against local control. He signed legislation on Memorial Day that pre-empts ride-hailing rules in Austin and other cities. His to-do list for the special session of the Legislature included a crackdown on local rules concerning tree removal, use of a cellphone while driving and access to bathrooms...

Posted: 8 days ago

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been on a tear lately against local control. He signed legislation on Memorial Day that pre-empts ride-hailing rules in Austin and other cities. His to-do list for the special session of the Legislature included a crackdown on local rules concerning tree removal, use of a cellphone while driving and access to bathrooms...
UT regents mapping strategy for political support on tuition
 University of Texas System regents sketched out a strategy Friday to ensure that proposals to raise tuition and fees in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years are warranted and to seek support from local officials, lawmakers and statewide elected leaders before adopting them. The effort to bolster the tuition-setting process with an eye toward...

Posted: 11 days ago

University of Texas System regents sketched out a strategy Friday to ensure that proposals to raise tuition and fees in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years are warranted and to seek support from local officials, lawmakers and statewide elected leaders before adopting them. The effort to bolster the tuition-setting process with an eye toward...
UT student sues Fenves over sexual assault suspension
 A University of Texas student claims in a lawsuit that UT President Gregory L. Fenves misapplied the school’s sexual assault policy and suspended him for five semesters even though his accuser agreed to have sex after a sorority formal in spring 2016. The case, which raises questions about the rights of the accused, comes amid national...

Posted: 15 days ago

A University of Texas student claims in a lawsuit that UT President Gregory L. Fenves misapplied the school’s sexual assault policy and suspended him for five semesters even though his accuser agreed to have sex after a sorority formal in spring 2016. The case, which raises questions about the rights of the accused, comes amid national...
UT student sues Fenves over sexual assault suspension
 A University of Texas student claims in a lawsuit that UT President Gregory L. Fenves misapplied the school’s sexual assault policy and suspended him for five semesters even though his accuser agreed to have sex after a sorority formal in spring 2016. The case, which raises questions about the rights of the accused, comes amid national...

Posted: 15 days ago

A University of Texas student claims in a lawsuit that UT President Gregory L. Fenves misapplied the school’s sexual assault policy and suspended him for five semesters even though his accuser agreed to have sex after a sorority formal in spring 2016. The case, which raises questions about the rights of the accused, comes amid national...