2024 AI Breakout Report: Perceptions of Planning and Readiness

2024 AI Breakout Report: Perceptions of Planning and Readiness


In February 2024, EDUCAUSE published the 2024 EDUCAUSE AI Landscape Study. That report summarizes the higher education community's sentiments and experiences related to strategic planning and readiness, policies and procedures, workforce, and the future of AI in higher education. In this breakout report, we provide a closer look at higher education professionals' sentiments toward their institution's strategic planning and readiness, examining similarities and differences based on respondent position and areas of responsibility. By understanding areas of consensus and divergence, institutional leaders can better decide how to involve stakeholders in AI planning and initiatives and determine what targeted communication and collaborative efforts may be needed as part of this.

Key Findings

Overall, respondents' sentiments toward their institution's strategic planning and readiness were more similar across position and areas of responsibilities than they were different. However, some key differences emerged:

  • Executive-level respondents were far more likely than respondents at other position levels to express the strategic and mission-critical value of AI technologies.
  • Respondents with AI-related responsibilities gave more positive assessments of their institution's current AI-related practices and capabilities.
  • Executive-level respondents and respondents with AI-related responsibilities were more aware of and certain about AI strategy, planning, and readiness at their institution.
  • Respondents for the most part were less certain about AI strategy in areas outside their primary responsibilities.

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Access additional materials on the AI Landscape Study hub.

EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association and the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. Technology, IT roles and responsibilities, and higher education are dynamically changing. Formed in 1998, EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, and use information technology to anticipate and adapt to these changes, advancing strategic IT decision-making at every level within higher education. EDUCAUSE is a global nonprofit organization whose members include US and international higher education institutions, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and K–12 institutions. With a community of more than 99,000 individuals at member organizations located around the world, EDUCAUSE encourages diversity in perspective, opinion, and representation. For more information, please visit educause.edu.


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Citation for this work
Nicole Muscanell. 2024 AI Breakout Report: Perceptions of Planning and Readiness. Research report. Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE, April 2024.