In January 2024, OpenAI announced its inaugural partnership with a higher education institution. Beginning in February, Arizona State University (ASU) will gain complete access to ChatGPT Enterprise, intending to utilise it for coursework, tutoring, research, and various other purposes. ChatGPT Enterprise, introduced in August 2023, represents ChatGPT’s business tier, offering unrestricted access to GPT-4, major performance enhancements compared to prior versions, and API credits.
Through the partnership with OpenAI, ASU aims to construct a personalised AI tutor for students, not only for specific courses but also for various study topics, with a particular emphasis on STEM subjects, which ASU Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick describes as crucial in higher education. Furthermore, ASU intends to integrate the tool into its largest course, Freshman Composition, to provide writing assistance to students. Additionally, ASU plans to leverage ChatGPT Enterprise to develop AI avatars serving as “creative buddies” for studying certain subjects, such as bots capable of singing or composing poetry related to biology.
Gonick highlighted ASU’s prompt engineering course, which has garnered significant popularity across disciplines, not just among engineering students. Access to ChatGPT Enterprise removes previous usage limitations for students. He also expressed confidence, following discussions with OpenAI’s leadership, in the tool’s ability to maintain a “private walled-garden environment” safeguarding student privacy and intellectual property.
Despite the potential benefits, AI chatbots like ChatGPT have faced criticism in the past year due to concerns about cheating, prompting some school districts in America, including those in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York City, to outright ban the tool.