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Goals & Vision

Vision Statement


Make the United States the Aerospace Leader of our Solar System.

Mission Statement


Make Connecticut the National Leader in NASA-related education, research and workforce development.

Goals and Objectives


Goal 1: Inspire the pursuit and advancement of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Objective 1: Be the model for STEM-based professional development.

Undergraduate Students

Experiential Learning & Supplemental Training

  • Broaden awareness of internships at NASA centers; undergraduate student research opportunities, and graduate fellowships
  • Place students in mentor/co-op/internship environments within NASA or industry
  • Increase the number of higher education students submitting research project proposals
  • Utilize partnerships with web-based learning programs
  • Partner with CT industry for career development in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain a mentoring and mentor volunteer program

Graduate Students

Experiential Learning & Supplemental Training

  • Broaden awareness of internships at NASA centers; undergraduate student research opportunities, and graduate fellowships
  • Place students in mentor/co-op/internship environments within NASA or industry
  • Increase the number of higher education students submitting research project proposals
  • Utilize partnerships with web-based learning programs
  • Work with CT industry for career development in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain a mentoring and mentor volunteer program

Professional/Research Opportunities

  • Facilitate the formation of teams to pursue NASA-related research opportunities
  • Increase the number of students participating in research projects
  • Increase the breadth of academic disciplines within faculty response to NASA Connecticut Space Grant opportunities

Industry and Academic Professionals

  • Work with local industry for university/professional collaborations in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain a mentor volunteer program
  • Develop seminars around emerging technologies
  • Develop courses/programs around workforce needs

Goal 2: Provide an environment in which all stakeholders understand and contribute to the Consortium’s mission.

Objective 2: Be the model for STEM-based Early Exploration.

K-12 Students and Teachers

  • Develop mentoring partnership opportunities (teacher to professor and student to undergrad/grad student)
  • Maintain a web-based list of STEM sites for visit by K-12 students to promote interest in NASA-related fields of study

Operational Objectives

  • Seek funding from industry, government and private foundations
  • Secure sufficient outside funding for part-time/full-time dedicated staff person
  • Research best practices of top state consortiums
  • Create Consortium Policies & Procedures Manual
  • Secure an Adopted Charter and By-Laws clarifying responsibilities of member institutions
  •                   Procedures for adding and removing members
  •                   Committing each member institution to minimum performance standards
  • Secure MOU for each industry affiliate
  •                    Secure institutional annual membership fees
  •                   Commit each member industrial affiliate to minimum performance standards
  • Utilize CT Space Grant Alumni as volunteers (creating an Alumni Board of Advisors)

Outreach Objectives

  • Centralize and disseminate NASA-related opportunities
  • Maintain a website for educational opportunities and resources
  • Partner with CT STEM-based resources to inspire K-12 students
  • Engage CT Space Grant Alumni as volunteers
  • Develop partnerships within state public and private education to disseminate NASA-related information and opportunities

Promotional Objective

  • Partner with Barney School of Business/Marketing to develop an outreach (marketing) plan