AI’s moment has arrived.

Cars are driving themselves. We’re speaking directly to interfaces like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. AI is finding its way into applications that seem less exotic and more accessible.

Technologies are fusing massive data sets with behavioral and predictive algorithms. New user interfaces are being powered by machine learning. These innovations are creating exciting and practical applications for AI. Emerging tools are sure to change core job functions in higher education.

Get a crash course in AI

The emergence of AI feels a lot like the social media disruption of the early 2000s. That’s why this February, Cornell University’s Division of Alumni Affairs and Development is hosting an AI in Advancement Summit. Cornell has partnered with Ithaca College, Keuka College, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Union College, and Virginia Tech to make this event possible. The summit is supported by an award from the CASE District II Venture Capital Fund.

As an attendee, you’ll gain an understanding of basic AI concepts. You’ll learn about the current state of the field and explore emerging trends. Leave the summit with the knowledge you need to follow developments in AI from an informed perspective. You’ll begin recognizing opportunities. And, you’ll have the skills to decode jargon that pervades media coverage and marketing materials.

During the summit, you can join breakout discussions. Help us identify advancement functions that might be enhanced or transformed by AI. Breakout groups are intended to simply jumpstart these conversations. Groups will form the nucleus of a community of professionals that will grow over time.

The summit is open to CASE District II members, as well as staff from other CASE member institutions and technology partners. I hope to see you there!



Article Author

Ashley Budd

Broadcast Producer, Host of Higher Ed Special Edition
Director of Digital Marketing, Cornell University

Ashley Budd is a digital strategist and designer based in upstate New York. She specializes in bringing offline experiences online. Ashley is director of digital marketing at Cornell University serving Alumni Affairs and Development. Prior to joining the team at Cornell, Ashley spent more than five years in Enrollment Management and Career Services at Rochester Institute of Technology. Ashley speaks about college admissions, digital fundraising, communication and media technologies.


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