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.
(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
The true cost of college, including non-tuition costs, pushes students toward economic instability. Nearly one in three California college students face food and housing insecurity. COVID-19 exacerbated the challenges faced by students, forcing 3...Read More
Michelson 20MM OER Program Manager Cailyn Nagle addresses student leaders at the Student Senate for California Community Colleges event. Photo by Phil McCarten. By Cailyn Nagle It is time to retire “student voice.” I do not mean we should stop...Read More
(Left to right) Marlene Garcia, Michele Siqueiros, Dr. Michael V. Drake, Dr. Daisy Gonzalez, and Dr. Joseph Castro gather at an event hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity. Photo by Leroy Hamilton. The Michelson 20MM Foundation was...Read More
By Miguel Leon On September 23rd, 2021, the Michelson 20MM Foundation, in partnership with the California Community Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Southern California Grantmakers, hosted “Race and Digital Inequity: The...Read More
For a second year in a row, the Michelson 20MM Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Open Education Global Conference. Open Education Global is led by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) and Educación Abierta en...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.