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Transfer and Articulation (TAP)

This site houses information CSCU faculty, staff, and administrators need to develop, implement, and maintain CSCU's Transfer Tickets, Associate degrees provided through the BOR's Transfer and Articulation Policy, offered by Connecticut Community Colleges, and received by the Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak State College as fulfilling the first 60 credits of a 120-credit Bachelor's degree.

About the Policy

CSCU’s Transfer and Articulation Policy (TAP) provides for the development, implementation, and maintenance of 60-credit Associate degrees offered at Connecticut Community Colleges and received by the Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak State College.  These CSCU Pathway Transfer Associate Degrees – marketed as Transfer Tickets – in 22 disciplines are received at the CSUs and COSC as fulfilling the first 60 credits of a 120-credit Bachelor’s degree in the specified disciplines.  Transfer Ticket students are guaranteed admission to any Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State College.

Goal 1: A Successful First Year

Whether Transfer Ticket students begin full time or part time at the community college, they will have a program of study that (1) directs them to complete college-level composition and mathematics within their first 30 credits of study; (2) provides them with the opportunity to explore introductory courses in their major; (3) identifies courses that simultaneously fulfill degree requirements AND allow students to explore other interests; and (4) sequences courses in such a way that, in many cases, students can change majors without accruing excess credit.  Students who complete the first 30 credits of a Transfer Ticket can be confident that they are on the path to completing the Associate’s AND Bachelor’s degree in a way that is both time and cost efficient.

Goal 2: Student Success

With Transfer Tickets, students are guaranteed a transfer program requiring 120 credits. Students who follow a Transfer Ticket program of study will not have excess credits caused by courses that transfer as electives rather than toward program or general education requirements. Moreover, because the Transfer Tickets are applicable to all four CSUs and Charter Oak, students can wait to choose their next campus until they are ready to transfer.  They can select a four-year program based on geographic proximity or academic interests rather than which program transfers the most credit.    Without the academic, financial, and emotional obstacles caused by inefficient and cumbersome credit transfer, students will be able to focus on their studies and complete their degrees. Because Transfer Tickets provide for students to complete both an Associate degree and a Bachelor’s degree, the two degrees will be reflected in the graduation rates for both the sending Community College and the receiving CSU or Charter Oak. 

Goal 3: Affordability and Sustainability

Students who complete a Bachelor’s degree in 120 credits pay less and require less state support.  Because Transfer Tickets assure students that they will arrive at the CSU or Charter Oak needing only another 60 credits, they might be less easily lured to private institutions, thereby helping the CSUs and Charter Oak to sustain their enrollments.

Goal 4: Equity

Transfer Tickets ensure that a student who decides to begin higher education at a Connecticut Community College has the same opportunity to graduate with a 120-credit Bachelor’s degree as a student who chooses to begin at a CSU.  In addition, because a Transfer Ticket Student’s tuition for the first 60 credits will be at the Community College’s lower rate, the total cost for a Bachelor’s degree will be around $12,500 less than the full four-year cost a CSU.  Without the guaranteed transfer of the Transfer Tickets, the money a student initially saves by attending a community college can be wiped out by the cost of additional courses.  Moreover, because a student will be able to complete a degree in 120 credits, the graduate will be able to enter the work force with degreed credentials sooner than the student who must complete additional required credits. 

Transfer Tickets

Students needing clear descriptions of the degrees, their requirements, as well as general and disciplinary information for transferring to four-year programs, should go to CSCU's Transfer Navigator.
Transfer Navigator


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

Policies & Minutes

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)
View Framework30 (pdf)
TAP Implementation Plan (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)

Protocol for System Approval

The campuses, following local governance procedures, will review and vote on endorsement of each discipline pathway. The results of these votes will be reported to the TAP Co-Managers who will bring them forward through the Academic Council to the Board of Regents for their information as they make their final decision regarding approval for the system.
View Protocol (pdf)

Protocol for Transfer of Courses and Unrestricted Electives

Each community college certifies courses for TAP Framework30 competencies. Many courses that are common to the community colleges are certified for the same Framework30 competency and transfer easily from one college to another. For example, Sociology 101, Principles of Sociology, in most cases, fulfills the Social Phenomena competency.
View Protocol (pdf)

Consortium Agreement

View Agreement (pdf)

Recruit Students Policy

View Agreement (pdf) cc

Reverse Transfer Policy

View Policy (pdf)

TAP Framework Implementation and Review Committee

The TAP Framework Implementation and Review Committee has primary responsibility to oversee the TAP general education framework (Framework30), to monitor how the major pathways (Pathway30) are integrated with the Framework30, to review learning outcomes assessment data about general education outcomes provided by campuses, and to make advisory recommendations for adjustments to the TAP Framework. The FIRC shall serve as a clearinghouse for information and clarification.
Responsibilities of TAP Co-Chairs (pdf)
FIRC Co-Chairs Report (pdf)
Meeting Minutes
April 13, 2018 Minutes (pdf)
March 2, 2018 Minutes (pdf)
February 9, 2018 Minutes (pdf)
December 8, 2017 Minutes (doc)
November 3, 2017 Minutes (doc)
October 13, 2017 Minutes (doc)
September 8, 2017 Minutes (pdf)
April 21, 2017 Minutes (pdf)
March 24, 2017 Minutes (pdf)
February 10, 2017 Minutes (pdf)
December 9, 2016 Minutes (pdf)
November 11, 2016 Minutes (pdf)
October 14, 2016 Minutes (pdf)
September 16, 2016 Minutes (pdf)
March 11, 2016 Minutes (pdf)
February 19, 2016 Minutes (pdf)
December 11, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
November 13, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
October 9, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
September 11, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
May 8, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
April 17, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
March 13, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
February 20, 2015 Minutes (pdf)
December 12, 2014 Minutes (pdf)
November 14, 2014 Minutes (pdf)
October 10, 2014 Minutes (pdf)
September 12, 2014 Minutes (pdf)
May 16, 2014 Minutes (pdf)
April 25, 2014 Minutes (pdf)

TAP Coordinating Council

The TAP Coordinating Council creates the overarching implementation plan, monitors its success, adjusts the plan as needed, resolves issues of process, and makes recommendations to BOR executive staff for major changes. TAP Program Co-Managers are responsible for providing the Council’s Co-Chairs with agendas for meetings.
Meeting Minutes
October 20, 2017 Minutes (doc)

General Education

Common Course Outcomes Confirmation: Additional General Ed 1 & 2

Outcomes, Assessment, and Vetting Courses for the Framework30:
Best Practices Workshop

The Outcomes, Assessment, and Vetting Courses workshop served 4 purposes: (a) bringing everyone up to speed on the TAP implementation process and the new Transfer Tickets with a quick overview, (b) exploring best practices for determining which courses fulfill the general education competencies, (c) beginning to plan for assessing those competencies, and (d) deepening student success conversations across areas of the Colleges and Universities. We invited campus teams comprising colleagues from different divisions because we have learned that multiple perspectives of the student experience help us reach the best solutions to complex problems.

Framework30 Outcomes

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)

Framework30 Suggested Rubrics

In the summer of 2012, faculty groups developed the Framework30 outcomes and suggested rubrics. These rubrics serve as examples. Campuses have the option of using these rubrics, with or without modifications, or of developing their own rubrics for assessing the Framework30 outcomes.

Framework30 Assessment

Parameters (pdf)
…6 year Assessment Cycle (pdf)

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 from a Connecticut Community College and count as an agreed upon 30-31 credits of general education (as part of a completed CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree) at the receiving CSU or Charter Oak State College . The receiving block of credits, which varies by CSU and CO, is referred to as the "Common Package." The Common Packages do not transfer as a block from one CSU or Charter Oak to another CSU or Charter Oak.
View Composite Common Package (pdf)

Additional General Education Courses for TAP Pathway30

View Document (docx)

General Education Courses by Category (Appendix)

  • ACC (pdf)
  • CCC (pdf)
  • GCC (pdf)
  • HCC (pdf)
  • MCC (pdf)
  • MxCC (pdf)
  • NCCC (pdf)
  • NCC (pdf)
  • NVCC (pdf)
  • QVCC (pdf)
  • TRCC (pdf)
  • TxCC (pdf)
  • CT Community College Section B Designations

    ACC Continued Learning/Information Literacy
    Oral Communication
    CCC Social Phenomena
    Aesthetic Dimension
    GCC Oral Communication
    Critical Analysis/Logical Thinking
    HCC Oral Communication
    Social Phenomena II
    MCC Oral Communication
    Continued Learning and Information Literacy
    MxCC Oral Communication
    Social Phenomena
    NCCC Continued Learning/Information Literacy
    Social Phenomena
    NCC Continued Learning/Information Literacy
    Oral Communication
    NVCC* Continued Learning/Information Literacy
    Oral Communication
    QVCC Oral Communication
    Critical Analysis/Logical Thinking
    TRCC Oral Communication
    Critical Analysis/Logical Thinking
    TCC Continued Learning/Information Literacy
    Critical Analysis/Logical Thinking
    *pending final approval

TAP Transfer Degrees/Pathways Under Review

Bio-Chemistry Pathway (pdf)
Geography (pdf)

General Guidelines for Campus Endorsement

Before February 2017, 13 disciplinary pathway degrees will need to be reviewed on campuses and forwarded to ASA and BOR.
Download Guidelines (pdf)

Approved TAP Transfer Degrees/Pathways

Degree Document Last Update
Art Download Nov 2018
Biology Download Nov 2018
Business Download October 2018
Chemistry Download Nov 2018
Communication Download Nov 2018
Computer Science Download Nov 2018
Criminology Download Nov 2018
ECTC Download Nov 2018
English Download October 2018
Exercise Science Download Nov 2018
French Download Nov 2018
German Download Nov 2018
History Download Nov 2018
Italian Download Nov 2018
Mathematics Download Nov 2018
Physics Download Nov 2018
Political Science Download July 2018
Psychology Download Nov 2018
Social Work Download Nov 2018
Sociology Download July 2018
Spanish Download Nov 2018
Theatre Download Nov 2018