Higher Education

Crafting an AI Policy in Higher Education

A short video clip explaining how different universities are approaching crafting an AI policy

Hear from two different universities on how they are approaching a campus-wide AI policy. 


Jenny Gordon:

And the poll there suggests that 40% of our colleagues have something in the works. About 25% don’t have a policy at the minute, but 35% do. Any advice when it comes to looking at and setting policy from any of our panelists, anything that you would advise or suggest colleagues think about as they consider their policy for AI?

Alicia Plant:

Yeah, I would say get feedback from the community that you are a part of. It’s important to understand how they feel about it, their perceptions of AI. Because what I find in the research is that it varies on the continuum. There are so many different responses. There are those that want there to be a structured policy standardization across the board, but then there are others who feel they need the autonomy in their classrooms to manage it their own way. So I would say get feedback from those you’re working with. So to find out a little bit more as opposed to just forcing the policy, find out their perceptions of AI before engaging in official policy. You may find that it will vary.

Valerie Guyant:

I would agree with that wholeheartedly. I have a few colleagues who simply want our provost and our administration to issue an edict, and there are several of us, myself included, who are actively using AI in the classroom, and we don’t want an edict that says students can’t ever use it because we’re actually using it in ways that are helping our students. So we’re actually having that exact conversation on our campus right now about how to balance those two needs from different faculty.