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 System Chancellor Bill McRaven to step down, citing health concerns
 Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, is planning to step down at the end of the academic year in May because of health issues he has been facing, he told the UT System Board of Regents on Friday afternoon. McRaven’s decision was not completely unexpected, given that he was briefly hospitalized in November for...

Posted: a day ago

Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, is planning to step down at the end of the academic year in May because of health issues he has been facing, he told the UT System Board of Regents on Friday afternoon. McRaven’s decision was not completely unexpected, given that he was briefly hospitalized in November for...
ACC a step closer to offering bachelor’s in nursing in 2018
 A proposed bachelor’s degree program in nursing has been approved by Austin Community College trustees. The program, designed for people who are already registered nurses, still needs approval from accrediting organizations and the state’s higher education agency. ACC’s bachelor of science degree in nursing would target...

Posted: 2 days ago

A proposed bachelor’s degree program in nursing has been approved by Austin Community College trustees. The program, designed for people who are already registered nurses, still needs approval from accrediting organizations and the state’s higher education agency. ACC’s bachelor of science degree in nursing would target...
ACC a step closer to offering bachelor’s degree in nursing
 A proposed bachelor’s degree program in nursing has been approved by Austin Community College trustees. The program, designed for people who are already registered nurses, still needs approval from accrediting organizations and the state’s higher education agency. More than 7,700 registered nurses in ACC’s service area,...

Posted: 2 days ago

A proposed bachelor’s degree program in nursing has been approved by Austin Community College trustees. The program, designed for people who are already registered nurses, still needs approval from accrediting organizations and the state’s higher education agency. More than 7,700 registered nurses in ACC’s service area,...
French climate science grant has UT biologist feeling great again
 Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the University of Texas and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, has been studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals for years — a pursuit fraught with highs and lows. An example of the former: She served for a time as lead author on a United Nations climate panel that shared...

Posted: 4 days ago

Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the University of Texas and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, has been studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals for years — a pursuit fraught with highs and lows. An example of the former: She served for a time as lead author on a United Nations climate panel that shared...
French climate science grant has UT biologist feeling great again
 Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the University of Texas and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, has been studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals for years — a pursuit fraught with highs and lows. An example of the former: She served for a time as lead author on a United Nations climate panel that shared...

Posted: 4 days ago

Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the University of Texas and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, has been studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals for years — a pursuit fraught with highs and lows. An example of the former: She served for a time as lead author on a United Nations climate panel that shared...
UT System competing against California-A&M alliance to run Los Alamos
 When the University of Texas System and its competitors — including a surprising alliance between the Texas A&M University System and the University of California — submit proposals to run the birthplace of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, they better make sure to use the correct typeface and to format and number the...

Posted: 7 days ago

When the University of Texas System and its competitors — including a surprising alliance between the Texas A&M University System and the University of California — submit proposals to run the birthplace of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, they better make sure to use the correct typeface and to format and number the...
Charles Miller, iconoclastic former chairman of UT regents, dies at 83
 Charles Miller, a former chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents and one of the architects of the state’s accountability system that uses test scores to evaluate public schools, died Wednesday in Houston. Miller, 83, had fought cancer for five years, according to a family spokeswoman. The type of cancer was not disclosed...

Posted: 9 days ago

Charles Miller, a former chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents and one of the architects of the state’s accountability system that uses test scores to evaluate public schools, died Wednesday in Houston. Miller, 83, had fought cancer for five years, according to a family spokeswoman. The type of cancer was not disclosed...
UT graduate students protest low wages, possible tax on waived tuition
 University of Texas graduate students are protesting wages they consider too low as well as a measure passed by the U.S. House that would require them to pay taxes on tuition charges waived by the university. About 200 staged a walkout at noon Wednesday to rally on UT’s Main Mall in a cold rain, chanting, “Grad students will...

Posted: 10 days ago

University of Texas graduate students are protesting wages they consider too low as well as a measure passed by the U.S. House that would require them to pay taxes on tuition charges waived by the university. About 200 staged a walkout at noon Wednesday to rally on UT’s Main Mall in a cold rain, chanting, “Grad students will...
LIVE COVERAGE: About 200 UT graduate students protest low wages, looming tax hike
 Graduate students at the University of Texas are protesting wages they consider too low as well as a measure passed by the U.S. House that would tax their tuition exemptions as income. About 200 staged a walkout at noon Wednesday to rally on UT’s Main Mall, chanting “Grad students will not stay overworked and underpaid”...

Posted: 10 days ago

Graduate students at the University of Texas are protesting wages they consider too low as well as a measure passed by the U.S. House that would tax their tuition exemptions as income. About 200 staged a walkout at noon Wednesday to rally on UT’s Main Mall, chanting “Grad students will not stay overworked and underpaid”...
Former LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove to lead LBJ Foundation
 Mark Updegrove, former director of the LBJ Presidential Library, will return to Austin in March as president and chief executive of the LBJ Foundation, a private organization that provides financial and other assistance to the library and the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. Updegrove ran the presidential library and...

Posted: 11 days ago

Mark Updegrove, former director of the LBJ Presidential Library, will return to Austin in March as president and chief executive of the LBJ Foundation, a private organization that provides financial and other assistance to the library and the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. Updegrove ran the presidential library and...
UT seeking 2 percent increase in tuition in 2018, and again in 2019
 The University of Texas has asked its governing board to raise tuition and fees by 2 percent next fall and another 2 percent in fall 2019, for a total increase of $210 per semester on top of the current charge of about $5,200 for undergraduate students from Texas. The increases are needed to keep up with inflation, to offer competitive pay...

Posted: 12 days ago

The University of Texas has asked its governing board to raise tuition and fees by 2 percent next fall and another 2 percent in fall 2019, for a total increase of $210 per semester on top of the current charge of about $5,200 for undergraduate students from Texas. The increases are needed to keep up with inflation, to offer competitive pay...