December 13, 2021
The Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) universities have launched an artificial intelligence and data science initiative. Through the SEC Artificial Intelligence Consortium, universities will share educational resources, certificate and degree program structures, and online seminars and courses. The 14 member institutions will jointly promote faculty, staff, and student workshops and conferences and seek mutual partnerships with industry. Additionally, the schools will share best practices on how to ensure students graduate with the AI and data science skills needed to prepare them for the global workforce.
The University of Florida is leading this effort and will provide HiPerGator access to SEC schools. Dr. Joseph Glover, UF’s provost and senior VP for academic affairs, is chair of the SEC provosts group. Glover said of higher education leading the AI disruption:
“AI is changing nearly every sector of society, and the SEC is uniquely positioned to engage students, faculty, and staff in one of the most transformational opportunities of our time. The combined strength of our institutions gives us the opportunity to advance in how we process the future of teaching and learning, research and economic development and how we can provide leadership at this critical moment when AI and data science are changing the way we think about small tasks and big questions.”
Visit the SEC Website to read the full AI partnership announcement.