Transfer and Articulation Program

The Transfer and Articulation Program (TAP) is a new program for ensuring Connecticut community college students complete degree programs that transfer to Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak without either losing or generating excess credit.

About the Program

Students in the TAP will complete the first 60-63 credits at a community college and the final 60-63 credits at a CSU.

How it Works

Through TAP, students enrolled at a Connecticut Community College

  • Asnuntuck CC
  • Capital CC
  • Gateway CC
  • Housatonic CC
  • Manchester CC
  • Middlesex CC
  • Naugatuck Valley CC
  • Northwestern CT CC
  • Norwalk CC
  • Quinebaug Valley CC
  • Three Rivers CC
  • Tunxis CC

Can select from over 20 concentrations that prepare them to complete four-year bachelor’s degrees at

  • Central CSU
  • Eastern CSU
  • Southern CSU
  • Western CSU
  • Charter Oak SC


New transfer degree pathways will be available to students entering the community colleges in Fall 2016.


For more information about TAP, please contact the program Co-Managers:

Candace Barrington

Professor of English
Central Connecticut State University

Ken Klucznik

Professor of English
Manchester Community College

News & Updates


May 2015
This month's newsletter continues that FAQ format and addresses two important questions: Is each TAP pathway to a major a separate degree, or is there one degree with separate pathways? What does it mean when a degree program is labeled "TAP compliant"?
May 2015 Newsletter

April 2, 2015
This month, we address questions frequently asked about TAP, its implementation, and its long term consequences for Connecticut State Colleges and University faculty, staff, and students.
April 2, 2015 Newsletter

March 5, 2015
The following update is the first of a series of newsletters on the development and implementation of CSCU's Transfer and Articulation Policy (TAP). After a brief description of TAP, it turns to two areas of concern, (1) TAP’s compliance with NEASC standards and (2) TAP’s possible impact on the community colleges and their associate-degree programs.
March 5, 2015 Newsletter (pdf)


Transfer and Articulation Policy

Connecticut families deserve a system of public higher education whose primary purpose is to produce graduates who form an engaged and well-informed citizenry, as well as a robust and appropriately educated workforce. To achieve this purpose, we must demonstrate that we provide a quality education. At the same time, we must create a clearly marked pathway from admission to graduation for all students by clarifying and streamlining the degree-program structures and transfer processes in our state colleges and universities to help students complete their post-secondary certifications and degrees as efficiently as possible.
View Policy (pdf)

Policy Statement on Associate Degrees

All degrees granted by the BOR to students will clearly identify the purpose or purposes they serve. In most cases, A.A. and A.S. degrees designed for transfer to CSCU institutions will follow Transfer and Articulation Policy (TAP) guidelines and processes to become CSCU Pathway Transfer A. A. and A.S. Degree: [Discipline Name] Studies within the CSCU system.
View Policy (pdf)

Name & Local Status of Pathway Transfer Degrees

The Transfer and Articulation Policy degree will be an umbrella degree with designations for each specific pathway and will be labeled by discipline as, CSCU Pathway Transfer A.A. / A.S. Degree: [Discipline] Studies. These pathways will not be advising options, but fully spelled-out degrees.
View Policy (pdf)

General Education

TAP General Education: Framework30

In the summer of 2012, a steering committee comprising 17 faculty members—one from each CSCU institution—created a framework for a 30-31 credit competency-based general education core as part of 60-61 credit transfer pathways to be completed at the community colleges. This framework was voted on by all colleges and universities and approved by the BOR in fall 2012 for implementation in the system.
View Framework30 (pdf)

Competency Outcomes and Goals

Common Package

The General Education courses in the Framework30 will, in general, not transfer course-by-course. They will transfer as a block of 30-31 credits and count as an agreed upon 30-31 credits of general education at the receiving institution. The receiving block of credits, which varies by CSU and CO, is referred to as the "Common Package"
View Composite Common Package (pdf)

Campus Representatives

Framework Implementation and Review Committee (FIRC)

Campus Name Contact Title
ACC Michelle Coach Assistant Professor, Biology/Science Coordinator
CCC Stephen Fagbemi Chair/Social and Behavioral Sciences
GCC Lauren Doninger Professor of Psychology
HCC Elizabeth Steeves Professor of Chemistry
MCC Nicole Esposito Instructor of Human Services
MxCC Patricia Raymond Professor/Business Administration & Marketing
NVCC Burton Tedesco Instructor/Theatre
NWCC Sharon Gusky Professor/Biology
NCC Susan Steiz Faculty-Marketing/Business Department
QVCC Brian Donohue-Lynch Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
TRCC Sarah Selke Professor of Biology
TxCC Francis Coan Professor of History
CCSU Beth Merenstein Professor of Sociology
ECSU Jeanelle Day Professor of Education
SCSU Deborah Weiss Professor of Communication Disorders
WCSU Robin Gustafson Professor of Psychology
COSC Krystyna Gorniak-Kocikowska Chair, History & Humanities Committee
Non-voting ex officio members
WCSU Nicole Kullberg Associate Director of Admissions - Transfer
TxCC Kelly Pittman Transfer Coordinator, A

Biology Pathway Work Group

Campus Name Contact
ACC Michelle Coach
CCC Janet Frost
CCSU Doug Carter
COSC Mark Johnson
ECSU Elizabeth Cowles
GCC Megan DeLivron
MCC Sharale Golding
MxCC Patrick Bryan
NVCC Larry Altman
NWCC Sharon Gusky
NCC Bet Frost
QVCC Melissa Philion
SCSU Sean Grace
TRCC James Copeland
TxCC Lynn Laskowski
WCSU Mitch Wagener

History Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Elle Van Dermark
CCC Marcus Lawson
CCSU Kathy Hermes
CO Richard Gerber
ECSU Anna Kirchmann
GCC Joe Maynard
HCC Kevin Boyland
MCC Guocun Yang
MxCC Victor Triay
NVCC Karla Ekquist-Lechner
QVCC Jayne Battye
SCSU Polly Beals
TRCC Peter Patsouris
TxCC Fran Coan
WCSU Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox

Psychology Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Jean Egan
CCC Lilliam Martinez
CCSU Steven Horowitz
CO Maureen Conard
ECSU Wendy Everton
GCC Teresa Russo
HCC Mike Amico
MCC Len Dupille
MxCC Andrea Levy
NVCC Larry Venuk
NWCC Bob Beck
NCC Gary Capobianco
QVCC Ling-chuan Chu
SCSU Larry Brancazio
TRCC Dov Kugelmass
WCSU Shane Murphy

Chemistry Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Amely Cross

Political Sciences Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Elle Van Dermark

Sociology Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Laurie Chancey

Mathematics Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Pat Hirschy

Criminology Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact

Communication Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Wendy Nelson
CCC Jennifer Thomassen
CCSU Chris Pudlinski
CO Ken Adamson
ECSU Denise Matthews
HCC Steve Mark
MCC Rebecca Townsend
  Albert Kim
  Brion van Over
MxCC John Shafer
NVCC Amy Lenoce
NVCC Rachael Leite
NWCC Stacey Williams
NCC Lori Soderlind
QVCC Ling-chuan Chu
SCSU Dave Petroski
  Wes O'Brien
TRCC Mike Stutz
TxCC Patrice Hamilton
WCSU Bill Petkanas
WCSU Jay Brower

English Pathway Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC John Sheirer
CCC Antoinette Brim
CCSU Cohen Steve
CO Shirley Adams
ECSU Lisa Fraustino
GCC Alex Boateng
HCC Rebecca Adams
MCC James Gentile
MxCC Christine Ruggiero
NVCC Ron Picard
NWCC Tim Haskell
NCC Cindy Casper
QVCC Scott Deshong
SCSU Smyth Andrew
TRCC Susan Topping
TxCC Steve Ersinghaus
WCSU Don Gagnon

Social Work Work Group

Campus First Name Last Name Contact
ACC Heather D'Orlando
CCC Josiah Ricardo
CCSU Cathy Baratta
ECSU Eunice Matthews-Armstead
GCC Kim Shea
HCC Ed Keane
MCC Diane Freeman
MxCC Judith Felton
NVCC Kathleen LeBlanc
NWCC Charles Kelly
QVCC Heath  Hightower
SCSU Elizabeth Keenan
TRCC Joyce Martin
TxCC Colleen Richard 
WCSU Rebecca Wade-Rancourt

Pathways Under Review

General Guidelines for Campus Endorsement

Between now and mid-February 2016, 11 disciplinary pathways will need to be:
  • reviewed by FIRC,
  • sent to all 17 campuses for possible endorsement,
  • reviewed by the Academic Council of Provosts and Academic Deans,
  • approved by the BOR's Academic and Student Affairs Committee (ASA), and
  • given final approval by the BOR.
An additional 5 disciplinary pathways will need to be reviewed before Spring Break 2016 and forwarded to ASA and BOR.
Download Guidelines (pdf)