Internal Audit Overview


What is Internal Auditing?

Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. 


Mission Statement

To enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.

Organizational Structure

The Office of Internal Audit & Consulting Services was established by the Board of Trustees to assist members of the School in effectively fulfilling their responsibilities. To provide this service, internal audit prepares independent and objective evaluations of the School’s progress in accomplishing objectives, complying with policies and procedures and adopting sound business practices. The three main types of audits are operations, compliance, and financial.

The Internal Audit CharterPDF versionText only version was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 25, 2017.

The Director of Internal Audit reports administratively to the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, and reports functionally to the Finance and Audit Committee. This structure is designed to provide a reporting line directly to governance to help maintain independence and objectively within the function.



Office of Internal Audit & Consulting services

New Office!
1600 Jackson St., Suite 230
Golden, CO 80401

Shannon E. Sinclair
Director of Internal Audit
(303) 384-2504

Lisa B. Martinez Conover
Internal Auditor
(303) 273-3912