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At the U. of North Texas at Dallas, 'disruptive innovation' raises hopes and fears

At UNT-Dallas, Consultants Propose a Reinvention 1

Brandon Thibodeaux for The Chronicle

John Ellis Price, president of the U. of North Texas at Dallas.

The University of North Texas at Dallas was conceived 10 years ago as a public institution along tried-and-true lines—a comprehensive metropolitan university meant to serve a diverse student population and to improve the economic outlook of a part of the city that prosperity has left behind.

But that was before management consultants from the likes of Bain & Company began popping up at colleges. It was before disciples of Harvard Business School's Clayton M.