I have been looking at administrative boat and suggesting its ubiquity within large public universities. My counterpart at Purdue, J. Paul Robinson, has made an eloquent case for the perversions of administrative bloat--advanced, of course, for all of the most innocuous reasons. (e..g. Administrative Bloat and Managing Faculty-Administrative Conflict; Address of J. Paul Robinson, Chair of the Purdue University Faculty Senate.
(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2012)
But administrative bloat is at its most pernicious when the number of administrative roles metastasize at the unit level--college, schools and campuses. It is in the vast expansion of administration at the unit level, where deans, chancellors and the like seek to surround themselves with something that approaches the courts of medieval fief holders in imitation of the royal courts, that both the university and its commitment to shared governance is put most effectively at risk.