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.
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
Amongst its far-reaching effects, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 illuminated another as-yet-unsolved plague on American society: the yawning economic and educational chasm perpetuated by the “digital divides” across access to high speed internet,...Read More
While $500 may not sound like a life-changing amount of money, for many vulnerable college students, a $500 financial emergency can force them to drop out of college, altering the trajectory of their lives. Even before the start of the pandemic,...Read More
Technology has been nothing short of a godsend during the pandemic, allowing us to work, play and stay in touch with loved ones all while maintaining the appropriate social distance. And with many classrooms closed as schools have transitioned to...Read More
It’s no secret that in the United States, there are disparities in our society that cut across racial lines. Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) disproportionately experience injustice within the criminal legal system, and face barriers...Read More
Photo: Dianne Avery Photography/Getty Images, courtesy of Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation Even before the onset of the global pandemic, college life was a struggle for many students looking to make ends meet while getting their education. To...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.