Openstax Free Textbooks
OpenStax provides free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks for introductory college and Advanced Placement® courses and low-cost, personalized courseware that helps students learn.
The nonprofit ed tech initiative is a Michelson 20MM grantee based at Rice University and is committed to helping students access the tools they need to complete their courses and meet their educational goals.
Over 3.5 million students have used an Openstax textbook, that’s more than $342 million saved! Visit openstax.org to learn more.
Improving Access to Higher Learning
Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Michelson 20MM is positioned at the cutting edge of innovation in education. We are dedicated to supporting and investing in entrepreneurs, technologies, and higher learning initiatives that seek to transform lives. We are at the frontline of ensuring educational opportunities, and thus meaningful careers, are accessible for all.
Featured Initiatives in Education Innovation
MICHELSON RUNWAY EDTECH ACCELERATOR
The Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator invests in companies working on higher learning technologies: programs, products, and/or services that improve equity, access, and efficacy in postsecondary education and career readiness.
MICHELSON INSTITUTE FOR IP
The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property addresses critical gaps in the world of intellectual property (IP) education, to empower the next generation of inventors and creators.
Supporting Educators & Access through Strategic Partnerships
We support organizations that get students into college, help them stay enrolled until they graduate, and help them re-enroll if they’ve dropped out. This helps students succeed as workers and entrepreneurs, leading to a better quality of life and helping the economy by supplying skilled workers to meet the projected increase in demand for tech workers.
Connecting California, Part V –– The Power of Connectivity: How Internet Innovators are Closing the Digital Divide Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. PDT Click here to register Join the Michelson 20MM Foundation on May 20, 2021, for The Power...Read More
Digital inequity is one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. The internet, once something of a luxury, has become a critical utility necessary for work, school, accessing healthcare and government services, and meaningfully...Read More
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in early 2020, it was clear that higher education needed to shift how it operated in both the short and long term. Lockdowns nationwide caused schools to quickly transition to remote learning; over a...Read More
Giving Justice-Involved Candidates an Opportunity to Thrive – The ARC Fair Chance Hiring Series, Powered by Michelson 20MM
April was Second Chance Month, a time to focus on affording the opportunity for individuals returning home from incarceration to fully reintegrate into society and the need to address the harmful consequences of mass incarceration. Fair Chance...Read More
On April 7, 2021, Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Founder and Co-Chair of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, joined Dr. Keith Curry, President and CEO of Compton College, and Dr. Pamela Luster, President of San Diego Mesa College, for their weekly #EquityChat...Read More
Approximately 95% of people in prison will eventually be released, and nothing improves reentry success like higher education. Not only does this academic achievement reduce recidivism, it opens pathways to increased economic prosperity and...Read More
About Our Founder
Dr. Gary K. Michelson is an orthopedic and spinal surgeon, inventor, and philanthropist.
Dr. Michelson is the sole named inventor of more than 990 patents for medical devices and procedures worldwide. His three private foundations support medical research, animal welfare, and education.
Through Michelson 20MM, Dr. Michelson supports initiatives that make postsecondary education more accessible, affordable, and effective, such as providing access to high quality downloadable digital textbooks. He is also a strong advocate for Smart Justice reform efforts that expand quality to postsecondary education for currently and formerly incarcerated people.