'Full Disclosure' of Retention Rates

To the Editor:

I applaud the Bush administration's effort to collect and publish college-and-university retention statistics ("Colleges Catch a Glimpse of Bush Policy on Higher Education, and Aren't Pleased," March 8).

Many in higher education oppose this initiative. Publicly, they claim that the government should not be extending its power and reach over higher education like this. Privately, of course, they fear that disclosing low retention rates will expose their sharp