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.
National Experts Weigh in on How the Largest Federal Broadband Investment in U.S. History Can Improve Access for Digitally Redlined Communities
Michelson 20MM Foundation’s latest Connecting California series installment explored opportunities created by this broadband investment By Justin Chapman Access to high-speed internet has become essential to participate in today’s society, from...Read More
Student Voices Matter: A Roundtable Discussion with Pregnant and Parenting Students Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST Register for the event Nearly 4 million student parents across the country courageously work to attain their...Read More
Although the majority of the Michelson 20MM Foundation's work around open education (OE) is focused within California, we recognize that the movement is, in fact, global. With that in mind, Michelson 20MM is excited to serve as a sponsor of this...Read More
Is a $6B Investment Improving Digital Equity in California? PPIC’s Research Will Analyze the Implementation of SB 156
Last year, California Governor Gavin Newsom invested $6B to improve broadband access throughout the state via Senate Bill (SB) 156. This historic investment in digital equity was touted as a bill that would prioritize underserved and digitally...Read More
Although 90% of Californians have access to the internet, according to the University of Southern California many low-income households still lack connectivity. In fact, only 71% of individuals earning less than $40,000 per year in the state have...Read More
The Barriers of Textbook Costs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A Q&A with Dr. Jacob Jenkins, CAopenEd’s Founding Director
Dr. Jacob Jenkins, Dr. Luis Sánchez, Dr. Megan Schraedley, Dr. Jamie Hannans, Ms. Nitzan Navick, and Ms. Jade Young released a report in 2020 that explored how textbook costs impact students from historically marginalized backgrounds at Hispanic-...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.