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Arizona State students will get their own ChatGPT-powered tutors as OpenAI partners with the university

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OpenAI has teamed up with Arizona State University for a new initiative.Jens Schlueter
  • A new partnership will soon let Arizona students tap AI tutors for help with their studies.

  • Arizona State University's partnership with OpenAI gives students access to ChatGPT Enterprise.

  • Universities have grappled with generative AI since the launch of OpenAI's ChatGPT.

Students at Arizona State University will soon have access to personalized OpenAI's ChatGPT Enterprise.

On Thursday, OpenAI and ASU announced the first-of-its-kind partnership, which has reportedly been in the works for six months.

Students, professors, and researchers are set to get access to the tech in February. The university plans to build personalized AI tutors and avatars for students and expand its prompt engineering course.

In a press release, Arizona State University said the partnership would set a new precedent for how universities "enhance learning, creativity and student outcomes."

"Research shows that nearly two-thirds of organizations are already actively exploring the integration of AI," ASU's chief information officer Lev Gonick said.

By providing access to advanced AI capabilities, such tools were leveling the playing field, allowing people and organizations of any size to harness the power of AI, he added.

Representatives for OpenAI did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, made outside normal working hours.

Universities worldwide have been grappling with how to use generative AI since the launch of OpenAI's ChatGPT. Students were some of the earliest adopters of the tech, using the OpenAI's chatbot as a study aid or, in some cases, entirely passing off the bot's content as their own.

Teachers have been concerned about how to catch students who are outsourcing their workloads to AI-powered chatbots. A survey earlier this year found that one in four teachers claimed to have caught students cheating by using ChatGPT.

Despite these widespread cheating accusations and several initial bans, some universities have slowly embraced the new tech. In July, a group of UK colleges agreed to a set of principles allowing students and staff to capitalize on generative AI — as long as they use it ethically.

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