U of Minnesota Plans To Accept Fewer Transfer Students

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The University of Minnesota plans to accept fewer transfer students in coming years — a move that officials at two-year colleges say contradicts the state’s commitment to improve access to four-year degrees.

The university said it plans to trim transfer-student enrollment about 8 percent, or about 300 students, over the next few years to stabilize its transfer program. Traditionally, about 30 to 40 percent of its students have come from its transfer program, and the school wants to keep the rate stable at 33 percent — still well above levels of comparable universities in other states, according to a St. Paul Pioneer Press report.

“There’s this perception we’re talking about obliterating transfer students,” said Bob McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. “The decrease we’re looking at is really a drop in the bucket.”

But the move concerns officials with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, which supplies 45 percent of transfers to the university. Interim vice chancellor Larry Litecky called the plan “troubling and disappointing,” saying it would disproportionately affect under-represented students at a time when their numbers have been increasing.

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