Today, I started my 27th year of teaching at a State-supported US university. Compared with 1984, we have the same number of students, fewer full-time teaching faculty, and twice as many administrators. In the past 8 years alone, the non-academic budget has grown from 44% to 60% of the budget.
This week, we start discussions on increasing teaching loads (which will, of course, require more administrators to 'organize' things).
I see this trend in business, government, medicine and the military. Is it just the human condition that the non-productive take over everything?
I recall that, when the Mongols took over a city, they killed the bureaucrats, and took the scholars home with them. The Allies did much the same in Germany in 1945.
Perhaps they had the right idea?