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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.

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Emails chart how ‘Mad Men’ archive landed at UT’s Ransom Center
 An archive of props, clothing, scripts and abandoned story lines from a TV series might not seem at first blush to embody the literary, cultural or artistic significance of the Gutenberg Bible, Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” or any number of other holdings at the University of Texas&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

An archive of props, clothing, scripts and abandoned story lines from a TV series might not seem at first blush to embody the literary, cultural or artistic significance of the Gutenberg Bible, Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” or any number of other holdings at the University of Texas&rsquo...
One ranking UT happy not to be leading in Texas: tuition, fees
 True or false: Tuition and fees at Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Texas State University and four other public schools in the state exceed the sticker price for the University of Texas at Austin. The answer, surprisingly, is true. Then again, maybe it’s not so surprising. For more rankings and an explanation...

Posted: 11 days ago

True or false: Tuition and fees at Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Texas State University and four other public schools in the state exceed the sticker price for the University of Texas at Austin. The answer, surprisingly, is true. Then again, maybe it’s not so surprising. For more rankings and an explanation...
One ranking UT happy not to be leading in Texas: tuition, fees
 True or false: Tuition and fees at Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Texas State University and four other public schools in the state exceed the sticker price for the University of Texas at Austin. The answer, surprisingly, is true. Then again, maybe it’s not so surprising. UT-Dallas is the most expensive of...

Posted: 11 days ago

True or false: Tuition and fees at Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Texas State University and four other public schools in the state exceed the sticker price for the University of Texas at Austin. The answer, surprisingly, is true. Then again, maybe it’s not so surprising. UT-Dallas is the most expensive of...
From the archives: State will help with colonia hookups
 Thousands of poor border-area residents would receive free water and wastewater hookups as a result of a new policy adopted Wednesday by the Texas Water Development Board.  The policy is intended to allow $10 million to $12 million in federal money to be spent on connecting households to water and wastewater lines in colonias, which...

Posted: 13 days ago

Thousands of poor border-area residents would receive free water and wastewater hookups as a result of a new policy adopted Wednesday by the Texas Water Development Board.  The policy is intended to allow $10 million to $12 million in federal money to be spent on connecting households to water and wastewater lines in colonias, which...
Is TxDOT paying too much for new office site?
 The Texas Department of Transportation is moving rapidly toward paying $8.9 million for a large plot of raw Southeast Austin land for a new office complex, even though the agency had talked with Austin Community College about buying a similarly sized parcel a few miles away for about $2.5 million less. The Texas Transportation Commission&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving rapidly toward paying $8.9 million for a large plot of raw Southeast Austin land for a new office complex, even though the agency had talked with Austin Community College about buying a similarly sized parcel a few miles away for about $2.5 million less. The Texas Transportation Commission&rsquo...
GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Is $8.9 million too much for this tract?
 The Texas Department of Transportation is moving rapidly toward paying $8.9 million for a large plot of raw Southeast Austin land for a new office complex, even though the agency had talked with Austin Community College about buying a similarly sized parcel a few miles away for about $2.5 million less. The Texas Transportation Commission&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving rapidly toward paying $8.9 million for a large plot of raw Southeast Austin land for a new office complex, even though the agency had talked with Austin Community College about buying a similarly sized parcel a few miles away for about $2.5 million less. The Texas Transportation Commission&rsquo...
McRaven noncommittal on remaining UT chancellor after contract ends
 Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, refused to say Thursday whether he wants to continue in the job after his three-year contract runs out at the end of the year. “I want to see the direction that the board is going,” he said. “The fact of the matter is I think there are some things we have to talk...

Posted: 24 days ago

Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, refused to say Thursday whether he wants to continue in the job after his three-year contract runs out at the end of the year. “I want to see the direction that the board is going,” he said. “The fact of the matter is I think there are some things we have to talk...
Bill McRaven stops short of saying he wants to keep UT chancellor job
 Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, refused to say Thursday whether he wants to continue in the job after his three-year contract runs out at the end of the year. “I want to see the direction that the board is going,” he said. “The fact of the matter is I think there are some things we have to talk...

Posted: 24 days ago

Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, refused to say Thursday whether he wants to continue in the job after his three-year contract runs out at the end of the year. “I want to see the direction that the board is going,” he said. “The fact of the matter is I think there are some things we have to talk...
Colleges, universities breathing easier after nail-biting session
 Relief. That, says Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes, is what college and university officials are feeling, especially on budget matters, now that the 85th regular legislative session has concluded. “The budget looked a lot worse in January than it did on May 29,” Paredes said. “It doesn’t look as...

Posted: 25 days ago

Relief. That, says Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes, is what college and university officials are feeling, especially on budget matters, now that the 85th regular legislative session has concluded. “The budget looked a lot worse in January than it did on May 29,” Paredes said. “It doesn’t look as...
Instead of cuts, UT would get 3 percent increase in appropriations

Posted: 30 days ago

The University of Texas at Austin, whose budget seemed to be on the chopping block a few weeks ago, instead would see a 3 percent increase in legislative appropriations under the two-year state spending plan approved by a House-Senate conference committee. Senate Bill 1, which the two chambers will consider this weekend, would provide a total...
Campus sex assault reporting measures gain traction, Abbott’s support
 A package of measures addressing sexual assault involving college students has come together in recent days, with two bills bound for Gov. Greg Abbott and a third expected to be approved this weekend by the House and Senate. The measures include protections against prosecution and other sanctions for underage drinking by victims or witnesses...

Posted: 30 days ago

A package of measures addressing sexual assault involving college students has come together in recent days, with two bills bound for Gov. Greg Abbott and a third expected to be approved this weekend by the House and Senate. The measures include protections against prosecution and other sanctions for underage drinking by victims or witnesses...