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

Creative options on table as UT, city negotiate regarding Muny’s future
 The city of Austin and the University of Texas are getting creative in their negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement to preserve Lions Municipal Golf Course as important deadlines near and political pressure intensifies. The city-operated course sits on UT-owned land in West Austin, and the university wants to realize upward of 10 times...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Austin and the University of Texas are getting creative in their negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement to preserve Lions Municipal Golf Course as important deadlines near and political pressure intensifies. The city-operated course sits on UT-owned land in West Austin, and the university wants to realize upward of 10 times...
Former UT President Powers hospitalized after fall outside law school
 Former University of Texas President Bill Powers was hospitalized Wednesday after a fall outside the School of Law, where he is a professor. Powers, 72, was taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT for treatment and tests, according to university officials. “Bill Powers is recovering at Dell Seton Medical Center from his fall,&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Former University of Texas President Bill Powers was hospitalized Wednesday after a fall outside the School of Law, where he is a professor. Powers, 72, was taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT for treatment and tests, according to university officials. “Bill Powers is recovering at Dell Seton Medical Center from his fall,&rdquo...
Former UT President Bill Powers hospitalized after fall
 Former University of Texas President Bill Powers was hospitalized Wednesday after falling outside the School of Law, where he is a professor, according to university officials. Powers, 72, was taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT for treatment and tests. “Bill Powers is recovering at Dell Seton Medical Center from his fall,&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Former University of Texas President Bill Powers was hospitalized Wednesday after falling outside the School of Law, where he is a professor, according to university officials. Powers, 72, was taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT for treatment and tests. “Bill Powers is recovering at Dell Seton Medical Center from his fall,&rdquo...
UT’s Fenves touts health research, financial aid in annual address
 Lifting students to their potential. Expanding research. Reinventing health care. These have been some of the running themes for Gregory L. Fenves as University of Texas president, and on Thursday he announced new initiatives along those lines during his fourth state of the university address. UT will start building a universitywide...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lifting students to their potential. Expanding research. Reinventing health care. These have been some of the running themes for Gregory L. Fenves as University of Texas president, and on Thursday he announced new initiatives along those lines during his fourth state of the university address. UT will start building a universitywide...
UT’s Fenves touts health innovations, financial aid in annual address
 Lifting students to their potential. Expanding research. Reinventing health care. These have been some of the running themes for Gregory L. Fenves’ presidency of the University of Texas, and on Thursday he announced new initiatives along those lines as part of his fourth state of the university address. UT will start building a...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lifting students to their potential. Expanding research. Reinventing health care. These have been some of the running themes for Gregory L. Fenves’ presidency of the University of Texas, and on Thursday he announced new initiatives along those lines as part of his fourth state of the university address. UT will start building a...
ACC trustees raise tax rate to fund voter-approved bonds
 Austin Community College trustees have raised the college’s tax rate by a little less than half a cent, to 10.48 cents per $100 of valuation. That works out to a $33.70 increase in the annual tax bill for the owner of an average-value house. The increase from the previous rate of 10.08 cents applies to the budget year that began Sept...

Posted: 11 days ago

Austin Community College trustees have raised the college’s tax rate by a little less than half a cent, to 10.48 cents per $100 of valuation. That works out to a $33.70 increase in the annual tax bill for the owner of an average-value house. The increase from the previous rate of 10.08 cents applies to the budget year that began Sept...
Seven running for three seats on ACC Board of Trustees
 Three of nine seats on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees, which oversees 11 campuses and a vast taxing district, are being contested in the Nov. 6 election. Trustees serve six-year terms for no pay and are elected at large in the district, which takes in the city of Austin — including portions of the Eanes and Pflugerville...

Posted: 14 days ago

Three of nine seats on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees, which oversees 11 campuses and a vast taxing district, are being contested in the Nov. 6 election. Trustees serve six-year terms for no pay and are elected at large in the district, which takes in the city of Austin — including portions of the Eanes and Pflugerville...
UT regents endorse campuses’ $1.2 billion in construction bond requests
 A wish list of 13 construction projects at University of Texas System campuses, including the Austin flagship, won unanimous endorsement from the Board of Regents at a specially called telephone meeting Thursday. But members of the Legislature will have the final say when they converge on Austin in January to begin negotiating a state budget...

Posted: 17 days ago

A wish list of 13 construction projects at University of Texas System campuses, including the Austin flagship, won unanimous endorsement from the Board of Regents at a specially called telephone meeting Thursday. But members of the Legislature will have the final say when they converge on Austin in January to begin negotiating a state budget...
In Milliken, UT finds a chancellor with deep experience, people skills
 University of Texas System regents could hardly have found a more experienced higher education hand than James B. Milliken, whom they appointed chancellor last month. But people who know him say Milliken’s political savvy, fundraising acumen and other leadership skills honed in 30 years at university systems in three states are complemented...

Posted: 23 days ago

University of Texas System regents could hardly have found a more experienced higher education hand than James B. Milliken, whom they appointed chancellor last month. But people who know him say Milliken’s political savvy, fundraising acumen and other leadership skills honed in 30 years at university systems in three states are complemented...
Plan to alter campus sex assault rules gets mixed reviews in Texas
 U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is planning new rules that would bolster the rights of college students accused of sexual misconduct. The rules also would narrow the definition of sexual harassment and hold schools accountable only for formal complaints filed through proper authorities regarding conduct on campus. Here is some of the...

Posted: 23 days ago

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is planning new rules that would bolster the rights of college students accused of sexual misconduct. The rules also would narrow the definition of sexual harassment and hold schools accountable only for formal complaints filed through proper authorities regarding conduct on campus. Here is some of the...
His hiring finalized, Milliken to take charge of UT System on Sept. 17
 University of Texas System regents made it official Monday: James B. Milliken, a veteran of higher education administration, will be the next chancellor of the 14-campus system. The regents’ unanimous vote during a specially called telephone meeting was little more than a formality, given that they had named Milliken the sole finalist...

Posted: 27 days ago

University of Texas System regents made it official Monday: James B. Milliken, a veteran of higher education administration, will be the next chancellor of the 14-campus system. The regents’ unanimous vote during a specially called telephone meeting was little more than a formality, given that they had named Milliken the sole finalist...