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.
The Impact of California’s Investment Last month, the state of California passed a budget that made historic investments to our public higher education system. Among those investments was $115 million for the Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degree...Read More
Over a decade ago the Michelson 20MM Foundation got its start in the battle around textbook affordability. At that time our founder Dr. Gary K. Michelson learned from a group of professors at Santa Ana College, a two-year public institution in...Read More
Bard Prison Initiative Engages Alumni on New York’s Tuition Assistance Program for College-in-Prison Programming
Arguably one of the largest state student financial aid programs in the nation, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to low-income New York residents to help pay for college. Yet shortly after the passage of the Violent Crime...Read More
Connecting California, Part VI –– Digital Equity in the California Legislature:The Golden State’s Historic OpportunityFriday, June 25, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PSTWatch the recording. A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, students continue to...Read More
On May 20th, the Michelson 20MM Foundation hosted The Power of Connectivity: How Internet Innovators are Closing the Digital Divide, a virtual event that saw experts on internet connectivity and champions for social equity discuss methods for...Read More
Mapping the Digital Divide in LA For years, researchers at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (USC Annenberg) have been working to illustrate the digital divide that exists in Southern California so that, armed with the...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.