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.
Two of the best methods to increase economic prosperity are post-secondary education and workforce development, particularly among incarcerated individuals and formerly incarcerated individuals. To help make these pathways more accessible,...Read More
The cost of attending college often determines if students enroll and persist throughout their degree programs. Recognizing the essential role financial aid plays in a student’s success, the Michelson 20MM Foundation was proud to award a Spark...Read More
Innovative medical education company partners with the world’s largest scientific publisher in effort to reach one billion learners by 2025
Osmosis, a Michelson 20MM portfolio company, recently became a part of Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific publishing company. Osmosis offers more than 2,000 videos designed to distill some of the most complex medical concepts and procedures...Read More
The Smart Justice Think Tank: A Coalition of Higher Education Champions and Directly Impacted Leaders
California's post-secondary institutions, along with higher education leaders, policy experts, and directly impacted leaders, can play an essential role in tackling the unique challenges that prevent incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students...Read More
In view of the inherent value of sharing news and analysis about the topics that are most important to us and to our community, the Michelson Philanthropies network published more than 230 articles in 2021, far more than in years past. Michelson...Read More
Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Are Ongoing Issues Student basic needs insecurity has persisted throughout the pandemic and even worsened in many cases. A recent report indicates that the pandemic impacted 48% of student’s housing security...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.