As we navigate the evolving landscape and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in higher education, it’s become increasingly clear that a guiding framework is needed to help chart these efforts.

Since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, I’ve been closely observing how higher education institutions adapt to and embrace AI technologies. My observations suggest the vast potential of AI to transform our campuses, but it has also highlighted the complexities of effectively and ethically integrating these technologies.

In co-leading the AI Community of Practice at our institution, I’m excited about various AI-related initiatives emerging across departments. These are driven by genuine enthusiasm and a desire to innovate, and the campus can further enhance through a coordinated institutional-level effort. In addition, it’s as essential to acknowledge and learn from other institutions’ AI efforts to accelerate our campus initiatives. These observations led me to create the Higher Education AI Capability Maturity Model specifically for higher education—an initial attempt to develop a comprehensive framework that can unify disparate AI efforts cohesively and strategically.

This model is a starting point, a compass to guide campus leaders and communities through the initial stages of AI integration in higher education. It aims to evaluate current AI initiatives, foster discussions about future goals, and provide a benchmark for measuring progress against other institutions. Importantly, this model is designed to evolve through collaboration and shared insights from the broader higher education community.

I recognize that this initial model is beginning a journey toward a more robust and comprehensive framework. I invite the higher education community to join me in this conversation. I’m actively seeking ideas, feedback, and input to refine and expand this model, making it truly reflective of the diverse needs and aspirations of higher education institutions everywhere.

This effort is not just about creating a tool for assessment or benchmarking; it’s about fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation in using AI on our campuses. Let’s collaborate on improving this model and how we can ensure that our approach to AI is strategic, inclusive, and aligned with the core values of higher education.

Draft Higher Education AI Capability Maturity Model

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