Bureaucracy and Higher Education

Most people would agree that the two main functions of universities are to teach students and conduct scholarly research.  However, as this story makes clear, a sizable (and growing) number of university employees perform neither of these tasks.  Here is how the piece starts:

J. Paul Robinson, chairman of Purdue University’s faculty senate, strode through the halls of a 10- story concrete-and-glass administrative tower. “I have no idea what these people do,” said Robinson, waving his hand across a row of offices, his voice rising.

It reminded me of this: