I see. I had to read your post several times slowly to get what you mean, and I think I get it now, except for the last two sentances.
Also forgive my previous spouting-of-crap, I have a habit of doing that IRL and on forums. I say crap because I am in a better position than most to talk about these things, even though I don't know crap, and those who are truly qualified to talk about them are absent. From here on I will (at least try to) just say what I know is true and not try to pass off things beyond my range as facts.
I also didn't know that the antagonism between the academics and the administration ran so deep. Academics aren't idiots, they are the smartest people around, but it seems they still get thrown around by people in power, who I guess are mainly men of business. This makes me angry, but I can't see it working any other way.
What upsets me a lot is as a student, the academics only see me as a number. No wonder my first year was so incredibly difficult for me to adjust to. In high school I thrived partially because I was friends with my teachers, and we always communicated with each other. In uni I was alone with neither friends nor teachers, and I ended up never attending my lectures and going to the minimum number of labs and tutorials I had to. Work piled up until it became impossible to catch up and I passed my final exams by the skin of my teeth only because of a horribly painful push of effort I made near the end. And in the end, I nearly got held back a year, because I missed an enrolment deadline which nobody told me about. The man who could have waved me in and ended my misery didn't do so- he seemed bent on obliterating every chance to enrol I got. What a horrible man, for five days I constantly felt a typhoon in my stomach as he shot down every avenue of hope I had. I only managed to avoid one year of waste because I found if I get over 90% for every assignment for now on, I could lift my average mark to a credit and overload the units I missed in third year. But I see how it is. With hundreds of students begging him for some favour, no wonder he wanted to make me miserable! Haha, what a wonderful world this is!