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

Pond keeps unwanted pet fish out of San Marcos River
 Conservationists are hoping that a small pond in San Marcos will help protect endangered species in the San Marcos River. The pond, about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, was built about a year and a half ago by the San Marcos Discovery Center for people who want to drop off unwanted pet fish. Otherwise such non-native fish, if dumped into the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Conservationists are hoping that a small pond in San Marcos will help protect endangered species in the San Marcos River. The pond, about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, was built about a year and a half ago by the San Marcos Discovery Center for people who want to drop off unwanted pet fish. Otherwise such non-native fish, if dumped into the...
UT System allocates $7 million in event it wins bid to run Los Alamos
 University of Texas System regents voted Friday to allocate up to $7 million in transition expenses for taking over operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory — assuming the system wins the federal contract to run the nuclear weapons lab. The funding requested by Chancellor Bill McRaven and other top officials is styled as a loan to...

Posted: 5 days ago

University of Texas System regents voted Friday to allocate up to $7 million in transition expenses for taking over operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory — assuming the system wins the federal contract to run the nuclear weapons lab. The funding requested by Chancellor Bill McRaven and other top officials is styled as a loan to...
UT System allocates $7 million in case it wins bid to run Los Alamos
 University of Texas System regents voted Friday afternoon to allocate up to $7 million in transition expenses for taking over operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory — assuming the system wins the federal contract to run the nuclear weapons lab. The funding request by Chancellor Bill McRaven and other top officials is styled as...

Posted: 5 days ago

University of Texas System regents voted Friday afternoon to allocate up to $7 million in transition expenses for taking over operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory — assuming the system wins the federal contract to run the nuclear weapons lab. The funding request by Chancellor Bill McRaven and other top officials is styled as...
Texas State University police chief resigns, effective immediately
 Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...
Texas State police chief resigns, effective immediately
 Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...

Posted: 7 days ago

Texas State University’s police chief, Jose Bañales, has resigned, according to a university spokesman. Bañales turned in his resignation Tuesday and it was effective immediately, spokesman Jayme Blaschke said Wednesday. Capt. Rickey Lattie has been appointed interim chief. “I am going to be pursuing other interests...
Chancellor urged to reduce methane emissions from UT oil lands
 In recent months and years, the Faculty Council, Staff Council and Student Government at the University of Texas have called on the UT System to cut emissions of methane, a major contributor to global warming, by 50 percent from its vast oil and natural gas lands in the western part of the state. On Monday, the retired president of Shell...

Posted: 9 days ago

In recent months and years, the Faculty Council, Staff Council and Student Government at the University of Texas have called on the UT System to cut emissions of methane, a major contributor to global warming, by 50 percent from its vast oil and natural gas lands in the western part of the state. On Monday, the retired president of Shell...
Austin-area dig gives rare clues to how people lived 16,000 years ago
 You can hardly walk 10 steps along Buttermilk Creek about 45 miles north of Austin without finding evidence that people lived here thousands of years ago. The ground is littered with flakes of chert, a plentiful stone from which projectile points, blades, cleavers and other tools were fashioned. Archaeologists who have dug as deep as 14 feet...

Posted: 12 days ago

You can hardly walk 10 steps along Buttermilk Creek about 45 miles north of Austin without finding evidence that people lived here thousands of years ago. The ground is littered with flakes of chert, a plentiful stone from which projectile points, blades, cleavers and other tools were fashioned. Archaeologists who have dug as deep as 14 feet...
To Southwestern’s president, college is about shaping a thoughtful mind
 As far as Edward Burger is concerned, college students need more than anything to become agile thinkers. And as president of Southwestern University since 2013, he’s trying to reinvent higher education with that goal in mind. Central to the effort is Paideia, an interconnected curriculum that he inherited from the previous president...

Posted: 14 days ago

As far as Edward Burger is concerned, college students need more than anything to become agile thinkers. And as president of Southwestern University since 2013, he’s trying to reinvent higher education with that goal in mind. Central to the effort is Paideia, an interconnected curriculum that he inherited from the previous president...
Donation of $15 million becomes largest in Southwestern’s history
 Jack Garey, a philanthropist and retired businessman, has donated $15 million to Southwestern University in Georgetown for need-based scholarships, faculty chairs and other purposes, delivering the largest cash gift in the school’s 178-year history. Garey, 88, said he had pledged years ago to donate the money upon his death but decided...

Posted: 19 days ago

Jack Garey, a philanthropist and retired businessman, has donated $15 million to Southwestern University in Georgetown for need-based scholarships, faculty chairs and other purposes, delivering the largest cash gift in the school’s 178-year history. Garey, 88, said he had pledged years ago to donate the money upon his death but decided...
Fired UT Law School official arrested amid fraud investigation
 A former facilities director at the University of Texas School of Law has been arrested and charged with six counts of tampering with government records as law enforcement authorities and university officials investigate allegations of questionable spending and fraud. UT fired Jason Shoumaker in November. Internal auditors began looking into...

Posted: 19 days ago

A former facilities director at the University of Texas School of Law has been arrested and charged with six counts of tampering with government records as law enforcement authorities and university officials investigate allegations of questionable spending and fraud. UT fired Jason Shoumaker in November. Internal auditors began looking into...
Four face charges in student government protest at Texas State
 A Texas State University student has been arrested and warrants have been issued for the arrest of three other people — at least two of them students — in connection with a sit-in last month at which protesters called for the resignation of the student government president. Journey Alayna Carnahan, 19, is charged with interfering...

Posted: 19 days ago

A Texas State University student has been arrested and warrants have been issued for the arrest of three other people — at least two of them students — in connection with a sit-in last month at which protesters called for the resignation of the student government president. Journey Alayna Carnahan, 19, is charged with interfering...