ASU has become the first higher education institution to join forces with OpenAI, the AI research and deployment company behind ChatGPT.
ChatGPT, introduced to the public just over a year ago, has witnessed a surge in adoption by organizations exploring generative AI tools.
ASU Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick outlines the reasons behind the decision stating that “By providing access to advanced AI capabilities, these tools are leveling the playing field, allowing individuals and organizations — regardless of size or resources — to harness the power of AI for creative and innovative endeavors.”
The partnership introduces ChatGPT Enterprise into higher education, setting a precedent for how universities can elevate learning, foster creativity, and enhance student outcomes.
ASU President Michael M. Crow sees the potential of augmented and artificial intelligence systems as incredible tools for accelerated learning and a comprehensive understanding of subjects.
Crow added, “Our collaboration with OpenAI reflects our philosophy and our commitment to participating directly to the responsible evolution of AI learning technologies.”
Starting in February, ASU will welcome submissions from faculty and staff to implement ChatGPT Enterprise in three key areas: enhancing student success, pioneering innovative research, and streamlining organizational processes.
The collaboration underscores ASU’s commitment to AI exploration, with its Knowledge Enterprise leading groundbreaking research activities across 19 centers, initiatives, and laboratories, resulting in over $340M in active awards.
The university’s AI Acceleration team, launched last year and dedicated to creating the next generation of AI tools, will benefit from this collaboration.
Prioritizing user privacy, the platform incorporates enterprise-grade security measures to protect against digital threats, ensuring a secure environment for utilizing ChatGPT functionalities.