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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. View available programs at our 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

News & Updates


April 2016
We are pleased to announce that eleven CSCU Transfer Pathway Degrees have been approved by the Board of Regents after careful review by TAP's Framework Implementation and Review Committee (FIRC) and curriculum committees on all 17 CSCU campuses. These Transfer Degrees will be available to community college students in the Fall 2016 semester.
April 2016 Newsletter

December 2015
We are pleased to announce that the first TAP pathway—Biology—was approved by the Board of Regents on 3 December after careful review by TAP's Framework Implementation and Review Committee (FIRC) and curriculum committees on all 17 CSCU campuses.
December 2015 Newsletter

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)

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)

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.
Meeting Minutes
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)

General Education

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.

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

Pathways Under Review

TAP Transfer Degrees/Pathways Under Review

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