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Khan Academy founder, Sal Khan, pledges to work closely with America's two-year institutions

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Khan Academy founder wants to work closer with community colleges

SAN FRANCISCO - "Walter, I want to work with community colleges."

That's what Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, told Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), following his keynote at the opening session of the annual AACC convention.

It's a message Khan shared during his keynote at the opening session and wanted to reinforce with the association's CEO. In fact, the leaders of the two organizations hope to work together soon. Bumphus noted that AACC may form a team or committee to start a dialogue with the Khan Academy.

The two organizations are on similar paths in trying to reform education. The Khan Academy turns the tradition concept of education upside down by providing free videos on YouTube, along with online practice exercises and assessments, to ensure that students master a concept before moving on.

And that's crucial for community colleges, Khan said. He called two-year institutions “the sweet spot” in providing personalized education to a population where 75 percent of students have to take developmental math. He expressed an interest in working with community colleges to explore how they can take better advantage of the Khan Academy.

At the opening session, Khan explained how the Khan Academy evolved from a simple tutorial aimed at helping his young cousin into a global phenomenon that reaches 6 million new students every month.
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