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.
Emergency Aid Isn’t a Luxury The need to provide emergency student aid to college students has never been more apparent. A recent survey of nearly 900 California college students conducted by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS)...Read More
Digital Inequity Decreased by ⅓ in 13 Months, Yet Black and Latinx Students Remain Disproportionately Impacted
Achieving Digital Equity for California’s Students From April 2020 to May 2021, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), a Michelson Spark Grantee, studied the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on digital inequity, particularly among...Read More
The Student Basic Needs Crisis Is Affecting Our Most Vulnerable Students The scholars hardest hit by the student basic needs crisis in higher education are those that fall into categories deemed “vulnerable populations”. Black and Indigenous...Read More
Transforming Basic Needs Supports In California Higher Education Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST Register for the event. Postsecondary credentials are necessary to access living wage jobs, but for millions of Californians...Read More
By Miguel Leon Prior to COVID-19, the student basic needs crisis in the United States had reached unprecedented levels. A survey conducted by The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice found that 39% of students were food insecure, 46%...Read More
(Left to right) Phillip Kim, James Preston, James Toscano, Ryan Erickson-Kulas, and Geoffrey Baum attended the ACCT Leadership Congress. By Ryan Erickson-Kulas Last week the Michelson 20MM Foundation had the pleasure of sponsoring, attending, and...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.