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.
On April 7, 2021, Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Founder and Co-Chair of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, joined Dr. Keith Curry, President and CEO of Compton College, and Dr. Pamela Luster, President of San Diego Mesa College, for their weekly #EquityChat...Read More
Approximately 95% of people in prison will eventually be released, and nothing improves reentry success like higher education. Not only does this academic achievement reduce recidivism, it opens pathways to increased economic prosperity and...Read More
“Education is the ticket out and up,” Dr. Gary Michelson powerfully stated during Pell Grant Restoration and the Future of Higher Education in California Prisons, he went on to share how higher education in prison has a beneficial multiplier effect...Read More
Pell Grant Restoration and the Future of Higher Education in CA Prisons Tuesday, March 23rd, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT Click here to register California’s Master Plan for Higher Education has been an engine of social mobility and economic strength for...Read More
On January 26th, Michelson 20MM Program Officer Ryan Erickson-Kulas led an informative webinar on Advancing Equity and Online Learning at Community Colleges with Open Educational Resources (OER) in partnership with the Institute for the Study of...Read More
More than one in five undergraduate students in the U.S. are parents or caregivers of dependent children, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Ascend at the 2019 Aspen Institute. Generation Hope also reports that 75% of...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.