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Launching Two New Artificial Intelligence Programs

Charlie Anastasi
February 16, 2024
5 mins

For over a year, Rize has been assessing how to help our partners launch AI-based academic programs. While it has been obvious for some time that Artificial Intelligence will be a paradigm-shifting technology, we exercised caution and patience as we developed our internal view.

After considerable market analysis and consultation with subject market experts, we are thrilled to announce two new academic programs: Applied AI and AI Literacy.

Both programs bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry demand, ensuring students are well-prepared for the evolving challenges and opportunities presented by an AI-driven future. Both programs were also featured in Gray DI’s Top 5 Emerging Programs for 2024.

If you are interested in adding these programs, please submit your interest on the Applied AI or AI Literacy pages.

Applied AI Program

Applied AI prepares students to build customized AI systems that address specific business challenges. The program is designed to be offered as a major or as a concentration in conjunction with an existing Computer Science or Data Science degree. Skills taught include computer vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and deep learning. Of the two paths, this is the technical path.

A few stats that caught our eye:

  • According to Gray DI, enrollments in AI Bachelor’s programs have grown at a 76% compounded annual rate over the last 4 years. That means current enrollments have increased 10x since 2018-2019.
  • Coursera added a new user every minute on average for its artificial intelligence courses in 2023. That is 7.4 million enrollments!

AI Literacy Program

The second program, AI Literacy, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of AI tools and their applications. Of the two paths, this is the non-technical path that can be offered as an interdisciplinary complement to any degree. We recommend adding this program as a concentration or certificate. Key skills covered include prompt engineering and leveraging Large Language Models (LLMs) to address business challenges.

A few stats that caught our eye:

  • Gray DI’s recent article on AI Literacy highlights the pervasive and explosive growth of generative AI: “ChatGPT was introduced in late November 2023 and reached 100 million users within two months. It took smartphones 16 years to reach that many users.“
  • According to a World Economic Forum report, the ability to efficiently use AI tools now exceeds computer programming, networks and cybersecurity skills, general technological literacy skills, and design and user experience.

As we launch these two critical subjects, we are excited by our potential to prepare students for an AI-driven future together. Partnering on an expensive, fast-moving subject that complements the liberal arts is arguably the perfect use case for the Rize model. Submit your interest here and your dedicated Rize liaison will reach out shortly!

If you want to learn more about all of the opportunities to add our AI programs to your campus, watch a recording of our recent webinar "Launching AI with Rize for Fall 2024."

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