MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota plans to accept fewer transfer students in coming years, saying the move will help stabilize its transfer program.

However, officials at the state's two-year colleges criticize the plan. They say it contradicts the state's commitment to improve access to four-year degrees.

The university wants to trim transfer-student enrollment about 8 percent over the next few years. That's about 300 students.

Vice provost Bob McMaster says the university already accepts far more transfer students than do comparable universities elsewhere. He says the cut will eliminate some volatility in transfer numbers that makes it hard to properly allocate resources.

Larry Litecky disagrees. The interim vice chancellor for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System says the plan disproportionately hurts under-represented students.

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