We believe that equitable AI spans far beyond the risk of mis-trained data. How schools adopt or reject these tools, the priorities of AI vendors, access to resources that enable the use of these tools, and the systemic integration of historically underrepresented and underserved voices will shape whether technology amplifies privilege or fosters inclusivity.

In 2024, Complete College America launched the CCA Council on Equitable AI, composed of representatives from historically excluded institutions and, by extension, students. The Council urges policymakers, technologists, and funders to proactively consult the Council and disrupt systemic inequities by integrating AI into higher education rather than continue to perpetuate them.

The need for and development of the Council were outlined in CCA’s thought paper, The AI Divide: Equitable Applications of AI in Higher Education to Advance the Completion Agenda.