TSGC's structure is designed to provide a strong element of management oversight by representatives of its affiliate institutions. Each affiliate plays a vital role in defining Consortium operations, goals, and funding distribution. Affiliates are provided with several avenues for participation in the management of the Consortium.
TSGC's Board of Directors holds responsibility for establishing overall policy and guiding principles, balancing program focus areas, and evaluating program impact. Board members are selected to provide balanced representation of the interests of the affiliates. The Board of Directors consists of: the Chair of the Board, the Director, three Associate Directors [one from each of the Space Grant Colleges], three elected representatives from the Academic Affiliates [with at least one from a minority institution], three elected representatives from the commercial/non-profit affiliates, a representative from the Texas Aerospace Commission, and a representative from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Board convenes two to four times a year.
TSGC activities within the areas of Research Infrastructure Development, Higher Education Programs, and K-12/Public Outreach are guided by Consortium standing committees. All three committees also have responsibilities in the area of enhancing the participation of underrepresented minorities and women. These committees are comprised of affiliate representatives, TSGC staff, Board members, and other parties that share common interest with the Consortium. The committees are responsible for evaluating current program areas, providing guidance to the Board on special topics, defining the broad structure of announcements of opportunities, and reviewing incoming proposals. TSGC also uses ad hoc committees. The following ad hoc committees have existed in the last five years: Program Element Planning, Proposal Review, Fellowship Selection, Scholarship Selection, Minority Involvement, Medical School Involvement, Consortium Documentation, Junior College Involvement, Industry Involvement, and Other Member Relations. These committees commonly meet at TSGC fall and spring membership meetings.
The Director and Associate Directors are supported through a 25% faculty release time arrangement with the Space Grant Colleges at no cost to TSGC. Affiliate representatives work under a similar release time arrangement at their respective organizations to support local TSGC activities. TSGC HQ maintains a slim staff of 1.5 FTEs dedicated to assisting the volunteers from its affiliates in the implementation of Consortium programs. TSGC has an additional 4.5 FTE staff, funded from external funds, that oversee administration of TSGC programs.
TSGC's office is located adjacent to the Pickle Research Campus, 12 miles north of the University of Texas at Austin main campus and is co-located with the Center for Space Research [CSR]. This location affords TSGC the benefit of extensive no-cost support from CSR, class A office space, and extensive meeting areas. This physical separation from the UT-Austin main campus helps ensure that the host institution does not disproportionately benefit from the Consortium. The Consortium has exclusive use of 8 offices, a storage room, and a reception area for a total of 2,210 ft2. The Consortium has shared use of an additional 16,000 ft2 which consists of 5 conference rooms, 4 labs, and other non-designated space.