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, Pt. 3 Philanthropy Post-COVID: Where Do We Go From Here? Thursday, November 19th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. PDT Click here to register with Eventbrite In August, the Michelson 20MM Foundation launched its Connecting California...Read More
Photo: Megan Burks for KPBS The Michelson 20MM Smart Justice Initiative (SJI) launched in 2019 to support individuals and communities impacted by our country’s punitive legal system forge brighter, more prosperous futures. The initiative...Read More
Nearly ten years ago the Michelson 20MM Foundation was founded to tackle the broken publisher model. Textbooks prices were soaring and our education system was at an inflection point when it came to the high cost of instructional materials....Read More
The Smart Justice Initiative (SJI) was launched in 2019 to support individuals and communities impacted by our country’s punitive legal system forge brighter, more prosperous futures through educational attainment and meaningful careers. We...Read More
By Dr. Christopher Nellum and Ryan Erickson-Kulas Higher education is undergoing a sudden and dramatic shift as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, schools shut down in-person classes and moved to a virtual learning environment...Read More
To support the transition to online education in higher education, we have awarded a Michelson Spark Grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Open Learning. Open Learning is on a mission to transform teaching and learning at MIT...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.