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.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing reflections from our scholarship recipients on their experiences at this year’s Open Education Conference. Today we are featuring Alyssa Loera, a digital services & technology librarian at California...Read More
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing reflections from our scholarship recipients on their experiences at this year’s Open Education Conference. Today we are featuring Maria Guzman, an art history faculty from the College of Alameda. Wow, I...Read More
A group of higher education in prison faculty leaders joined together for a retreat in 2019 to discuss best practices and launching a statewide training. Higher education in prison (HEP) programs have grown significantly since 2015. Five...Read More
From Policy to Impact: A Fair Shot at Employment, Professional Licensing, and Educational Excellence for Justice-Impacted People
Sacramento, CA -- Root & Rebound (R&R) Deputy Director of Programs Sonja Tonnesen-Casalegno (front row, far left), R&R client Keisha Murphy (second row, 4th from right), and R&R Associate Director of Legal Education Chloe Noonan...Read More
This year has seen all kinds of traditional business models upended due to the global pandemic crisis. In the startup world, organizations have either had to pivot their positioning in the marketplace or ramp up the capacity of their current...Read More
A Message from Dr. Gary Michelson, Founder of Michelson 20MM In his speech Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden pledged to “marshal the forces of decency, the forces of fairness, to marshal the forces of science and forces of hope in the great...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.