|Source: IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2009|
Certainly Mel "Do Nothing" Schiavelli was aware of or should have been aware of the actual retention rates, since the IPEDS Data Feedback Report from The National Centers for Education Statistics is sent directly to him. The Provost (Eric Darr) and Director of Institutional Compliance and Research (Keith "Useless" Green) had an obligation to know and had or should have had knowledge of the correct figures.
The goal of the HU self-study was to “examine comprehensively the programs, services, processes and resources of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology through its employees, students, and Board of Trustees in order to demonstrate that it meets or exceeds the standards set forth by the MSCHE in the Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education (2006).” -Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Report of Self-Study 2008-09 pg 2-1.
That's right, HUST used patently false information to convince their accrediting body (Middle States Commission on Higher Education) that they deserved accreditation.
Why does it matter? "In all its activities, whether internal or external, an institution should keep its promises, honor its contracts and commitments, and represent itself truthfully." - Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education, Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation 2009. Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Failure to meets these standards puts the university at a real risk of losing accreditation.