About Us

[threecol_two]The Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice (IIPSC) is a small team of experienced specialists in the design and implementation of enrollment and school choice systems. We are uniquely qualified to bring the latest market design research and state of the art technology to solve school choice problems.

We are a politically neutral organization. IIPSC does not seek to promote or detract from any particular type of school or any administrative body. The founding IIPSC principals began our partnership in 2003 while designing the technology and operations for public school choice systems at the New York City Department of Education. After a few years of working together, we realized that we could be of great service to school districts, families, and communities throughout the country. IIPSC was then formed as a federally approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We have since worked with education reformers in Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and elsewhere.

Learn more about our team members:

Neil Dorosin PortraitNeil Dorosin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, leads IIPSC’s enrollment and choice reform projects. Neil and his colleagues at IIPSC developed the original theories behind Unified Enrollment and helped to create the first implementations of Unified Enrollment systems in Denver and New Orleans. Since 2007 he has designed and implemented Unified Enrollment and other choice reform projects in Camden, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans, Newark, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Neil and his colleagues at IIPSC are widely acknowledged as the foremost theorists and designers of Unified Enrollment systems.

Dorosin began his career in public education as a Teach For America corps member in the South Bronx in 1994. After five years teaching, he worked as a Program Director at Chess-in-the-Schools, a not-for-profit organization with a presence in hundreds of NYC schools, and then as Lead Curriculum and Staff Developer at The Learning Project Incorporated, a charter school development organization. He earned his MPA in 2003 from Columbia University and came to the NYC DOE during the reorganization process initiated by Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein. Neil was the Director of High School Admissions Operations at the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) from 2004 – 2007. He led a team in overhauling the high school choice system and then managed NYC DOE’s high school choice process for four years.


Alvin Roth PortraitAl Roth, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, is the McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford and the Gund Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard. He is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at IIPSC. He shared the 2012 Nobel memorial prize in Economics for his work on market design, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Among the markets Roth has designed (or, in this case, redesigned) is the National Resident Matching Program, through which most American doctors find their first employment. He has also helped in the reorganization of the market for more senior physicians, as they pursue subspecialty training, and in other labor markets. He helped design the high school matching system used in New York City, and the school matching systems used in Boston, Denver, and New Orleans and elsewhere. He is one of the founders and designers of kidney exchange in the United States, which helps incompatible patient-donor pairs find life-saving compatible kidneys for transplantation.

Atila Abdulkadiroglu PortraitAtila Abdulkadiroglu, Scientific Advisory Board Director, is a Professor of Economics at Duke University. After receiving his Ph.D. from University of Rochester, he worked at Northwestern University and Columbia University before joining Duke. He has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for his pioneering work in market design of school choice. He serves as Editor-in-Chief at the Review of Economic Design, the only field journal with a focus on the theory and applications of mechanism and market design.

Abdulkadiroglu’s research focuses on efficient and effective design of student admissions systems, as well as, on program evaluation in education. He has assisted various major urban school districts in designing their admissions systems, including New York City, Boston, Denver, Newark and New Orleans. His work on economics of education focuses on understanding factors that impact educational outcomes in K-12 educations and has been published in peer reviewed top Economics journals.

Parag PathakParag Pathak, Scientific Advisory Board Director, is a Professor of Economics at MIT and a Research Associate in the NBER’s programs on Education, Public Economics and Industrial Organization. He is also the founding co-director of the NBER Working Group on Market Design. Pathak received his A.B., S.M. and his Ph.D in 2007 all from Harvard University. Following a stint as a junior fellow in Harvard’s Society of Fellows, Pathak joined MIT’s Department of Economics, where he was voted tenure after three years. Pathak has also taught at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation and is also an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Pathak is an associate editor of the American Economic Review and Econometrica, two leading professional journals.

Pathak’s research centers on the design and evaluation of student assignment systems. He has assisted with the design of New York City and Boston school assignment mechanisms currently in use, as well as systems in Denver and New Orleans, and other cities. In addition to generating academic publications that study, develop, and test these systems, this work has directly affected the lives of more than one million public school students.



Our mission is to support school districts and their partner organizations in developing and maintaining efficient, equitable, and transparent school choice systems, and to continually improve the design of school choice systems through rigorous research. 

In the Media

“School Choice Exists. We Just Manage It Poorly.” IIPSC Executive Director Neil Dorosin describes the role of unified enrollment in a blog post for the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.[/threecol_one_last]

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