Arizona Board Of Regents Taps Hezel Associates To Provide Recommendations For of Future of Arizona Regents University

May 10, 2004

ARU is a cooperative service jointly offered by Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona. Hezel Associates recommendations will be based on a three-month study to evaluate the initial vision, goals and purpose of ARU in light of changing needs and the desire to place a strong emphasis on student-centered learning and service.

“To remain relevant and respond to the shifting directions and priorities of its participating institutions, ARU must contend with the changing needs of student populations and the rapidly evolving field of distance education,” said Dr. Richard T. Hezel, president of Hezel Associates, “Armed with this critical information, ARU’s leaders can make cost-effective decisions while extending reach and access to students.”

“Increasing access to higher education for Arizona residents, increasing college-going rate, and reducing time to degree completion are high priorities for the Board of Regents,” said Ted Christensen, Assistant Executive Director for Arizona Regents University. According to Christensen, Hezel Associates’ experience in educational delivery via technology, combined with its research capacity, was critical to the selection committee.

Hezel Associates is expected to provide the Board of Regents with its final recommendations by early July.

ABOUT HEZEL ASSOCIATESHezel Associates has worked with local, state and national clients in 30 states across the nation, providing services such as needs assessments, benchmark studies, strategic plans, evaluations and state educational technology assessments.

Headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., Hezel Associates provides research, evaluation and strategic services to clients in education, healthcare, technology and business. The firm has earned a distinguished national reputation as a leading expert in distance education research and consulting. Clients such as the U.S. Department of Education, the World Health Organization, Habitat for Humanity International, the Public Broadcasting Service and Regis University have relied on Hezel Associates’ recommendations to make strategic decisions, and create and implement policies. The company was founded in 1987 by Dr. Richard T. Hezel, a leading research-oriented consultant in the field of education technology. For further information about Hezel Associates, visit