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.
Lessons Learned and How Tos: Cal OER 2022 Is a Resource for California’s Postsecondary Educational System
For the second year in a row, the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California are coming together for Cal OER 2022. From August 3rd through 5th, the conference, which is open virtually to all, will focus...Read More
Educators, students, and librarians across the country have made significant strides in public education around open educational resources and the barriers created by expensive course materials. As inflation rises across the board, students...Read More
When the Michelson 20MM Foundation first kicked off our virtual learning series The State of Pregnant and Parenting Students in California, we sought to center student voices in our conversations, and hoped to center the student parent community as...Read More
From Grassroots to Grasstops: NextGen Policy Is Ensuring Digitally Redlined Communities’ Voices Are Heard
One of the greatest challenges in abolishing the digital divide centers around poor data and a lack of awareness of each community's broadband needs, particularly among historically underserved communities. By continually failing to uplift and...Read More
In the spirit of open and a more collaborative model of grant making, the Michelson 20MM Foundation has begun working with a committee of community advisors to guide our work. Over the past decade, grantmakers have sought to be more in step with...Read More
Improving internet infrastructure, fostering competition among internet service providers, and offering more affordable broadband services are three tenants often touted as ways to solve the digital divide; however, having access to the internet is...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.