Board of Trustees

FROM: Kirsten

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

May 23, 2011

SUBJECT: FY 2012 Budget


Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget

The Fiscal Year 12 budget was developed in alignment with the school’s strategic
objectives as well as addressing certain core critical needs. While the past several
years were faced with great uncertainty of state funding, the school enters Fiscal
Year 12 with a stronger financial position, a solid enrollment base, research strength,
and expanded flexibility from the state. Because the school has been relatively
conservative over the past few years, investments in certain areas are necessary to
continue to move forward on the strategic initiatives and to maintain core operations.
However, a significant part of our planning process contemplates the continued
uncertainty surrounding the state’s economy and its actions to balance the budget. It
is likely that we have not seen the last of budget cuts to higher education. As we
developed this budget and looked towards our five year financial model, we managed
a delicate balance of making strategic and critical investments during a time of an
uncertain financial state outlook.

While the March 2011 state forecast projected a state revenue rebound, the recovery
is likely to continue to be slow and structural deficits within the state budget remain
(the fiscal year 2012 state deficit is projected to be $600 million). With higher
education being one of only a few unrestricted budgets for the state (in addition to the
department of corrections and health care), higher education was and continues to
be a source of funds to resolve the state’s budget deficit.

Higher Education’s fiscal year 2012 allocation from the state is $519.0 million; down
19% from fiscal year 2011. Below is a chart that depicts the state’s level of funding
higher education over the past few years:

FY 2012 Budget 1


The Colorado School of Mines’ portion of the overall budget has been approximately
3%. For the fiscal year that we are just ending, fiscal year 2011, we are being funded
with both state funds and federal stimulus (SFSF) at a level of $21.4 million. With
SFSF being removed next year, we anticipate to be Mines’ allocation from the state
in fiscal year 2012 will be $16.2 million; a 24% decrease from fiscal year 2011.
Because deficits are expected to continue in the state budget over the next few
years, we are running financial models that project a 20% decrease each year in fee
for service support beyond FY 2012. Below is a chart that shows state (and SFSF)
funding for Mines over the past ten years and what we are predicting for FY13:

FY 2012 Budget 2



II. Discussion

After several years of conservative spending due to the anticipated cuts in state
funding, we are now in a position to make both strategic and critical investments in
the institution. When we built this budget, we aligned the resource needs with the
school’s strategic objectives set forth to meet the strategic plan as well as aligned the
resource needs with investments in areas that are critical to the operations of the

The budget includes current unrestricted (education and general operation and
auxiliaries), funds that are designated for particular purposes (faculty start up and
indirect cost recoveries), restricted funds (research and CSM Foundation funds) and
the School’s endowment funds. The school budgets most of its operations on
incremental budgeting where the base is set from the prior year forecast and
incremental adjustments are made up or down to reflect anticipated operations. The
incremental budget adjustments for each fund are summarized below and the detail
may be seen in Attachment 1.

FY 2012 Budget 3

Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget 
and Loan 
Fiscal Year  2011 Base Budget: 
 $ 9,000,000 
Revenue Increases (Decrease): 
Tuition Revenue (Rate inc 9% Res; 5% NR) and Fees 
State Funding 
Housing Revenue 
Other Revenue 
Projected Revenue Increase 
$174,000  ($113,000)
Expense Increases: 
New Academic Faculty (13 TTT; 10 Instructor) 
New Classified and Non‐Academic Staff 
Labor Increases ‐ Fringe Benefit  Increase/     
Annualization/Merit Pool 
New Buildings Operating and Labor  
Undergraduate Financial Aid 
Graduate Support 
Other Operating and Miscellaneous 
Restore Deferred Maintenance budget 
Total FY 2012 Budget Requests 
Net Activity FY2012 
($338,000)  ($108,000)

Current Unrestricted Funds
After the budget adjustments summarized above, the current unrestricted budget
reflects total revenue at $132.66 million and expenses at $131.85 million resulting in
net revenue after expenses of $0.81 million.

Current unrestricted revenues are expected to increase by $4.62 million in fiscal year
2012. The assumptions behind the budget development follow:

 Tuition increases of 9% for resident students and 5% for non-resident
students. Assumes an incoming class of freshman and transfers of 950
students (an overall flat undergraduate population) and a slight growth in
graduate students; 37 new students or a 3% increase.
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 Continuing Education is expected to remain flat at $2.5 million.

 State Funding cut of $5.2 million or 24% reduction from the prior year.

 Indirect cost recoveries are expected to remain flat, mirroring flat spending
for Research.

 Auxiliary Revenue is expected to increase by $1.3 million mostly due to
increases in Housing with the opening of Maple Hall and increases in rates
of 5% for traditional residence halls and 4% increases for apartment and
Greek housing.

 Other revenue increase of is expected to remain flat.

Current Unrestricted Funds (See Appendix A for detail)
Net increase to the expense budget of $12.8 million includes institute wide increases,
increases for new buildings and departmental requests, and restoring $2.1 million of
the deferred maintenance budget.

Salaries and Benefits
Note that for the third year in a row, the Governor has mandated a salary freeze for
classified staff. The school matched that salary freeze across the board in fiscal year
2010 but for 2011, the school utilized an equity, promotion, and merit pool for
academic and administrative faculty (2% including fringe benefits calculation). The
fiscal year 2012 budget proposes the use of another equity, promotion, and merit
pool for academic and administrative faculty.

This year includes a significant increase in faculty lines. We propose to hire 23 net
new faculty (after we anticipate filling seven faculty positions from vacancies). Of the
23 positions, 13 are anticipated to be tenure or tenure track faculty and ten are
anticipated to be lecturers. With these hires, our total faculty numbers will be:

FY12 proposed
FY13 planned
Tenure/Tenure Track




We are proposing, however, to decrease slightly the adjunct budget. This budget
reflects a 4% reduction to a total of $2.4 million spent on adjuncts. Expense details
may be reviewed in Appendix A and assumptions to note include:

 Benefit increases – Classified 5.3%; Exempt 2.8%.

 PERA – Continuation of 2.5% employee additional contribution.

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 Equity and retention pool for faculty and exempt staff – 3% (excluding
the fringe benefits calculation).

Financial Aid
The fiscal year 2012 budget reflects changes in the allocation of undergraduate
financial aid. The institution is now budgeting financial aid using a model developed
by the school’s Budget Office and Scannell & Kurz. This new model gives us the
flexibility to adjust the financial aid budget based on any adjustments to the financial
aid model. It also gives us the ability to more accurately predict the financial needs
over a five year period based on our financial aid assumptions. The budget also
includes the school’s commitment under SB10-003 to convert all state funds received
pursuant to fee for service to financial aid within the next ten years. The increase of
$2.1 million in undergraduate reflects these policy changes with $0.67 million
allocated for resident students and $1.43 million allocated for non-resident students.

Other Operating
Included in other operating expenses are nondiscretionary increases for utilities,
debt, hardware/software and operations for new buildings. Also included is an
increase for faculty searches (100%) to accommodate increased hiring in fiscal year

Designated Funds
Designated activity includes revenues derived for a specific purpose and cannot
typically be used to fund general operations. Examples include the Academic Facility
Fee designated for debt services payments, student activity fees used for student
organizations, lab fees, and funds set aside for faculty research and professional

Designated Revenue is expected to increase a total of $170,000 mostly due to an
increase in fees based on inflation (1.6%) and graduate enrollment increase. This is
offset by $170,000 in expenses for new public safety and health services FTE as well
as an increase in operating for Athletics post season expenses. See Appendix A for
expense detail and increases in FTE.

Restricted Funds
Restricted Funds are restricted from outside entities and include the CSM
Foundation, and federal, state and private grants. Funds received from the CSM
Foundation are typically restricted pursuant to the instruction of the donor. Federal,
state and private funds are generally used to carry out the research mission of the
institution, but also include state and federal financial aid.

Sponsored research revenue and expense is expected to remain flat. A slight
decrease of $113,000 is expected for state financial aid funding and expense. It is
anticipated that support from the CSM Foundation will remain flat.

FY 2012 Budget 6

Endowment Funds
Endowment Funds are resources invested in perpetuity and represent those
endowment funds that are owned by the School (as opposed to the CSM
Foundation) and include both restricted and unrestricted sources. The income in this
section includes investment earnings or new gifts and expenses represent spending
from the School’s endowment and the foundation fee for administering school

CSM Foundation Budget
CSM receives annual funding for specific administrative operating activities outlined
below. This funding is expected to remain flat for fiscal year 2012 and those base
amounts are indicated below:

CSM Support:
Legislative Relations

Federal Legislative Services
Colorado Legislative Services
Travel - CSM Representatives $6,000
CSM Alumni Association
General CSM Support
Institutional Support
Marketing $100,000
Provost $100,000
S.V.P. Finance and Administration
V.P. Student Life
V.P. Research and Tech Transfer $10,000

CSM Services

Total CSM Support


*Still under review – changes possible

For informational purposes, the Colorado School of Mines Foundation Budget in its
entirety is attached in Attachment 2.

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The Finance and Audit Committee recommends to the Board of Trustees for approval
the Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget, including:

o The Colorado School of Mines operating budget;
o The Colorado School of Mines Foundation unrestricted support for the
Colorado School of Mines.


BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines
approves the Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget, including:

o The Colorado School of Mines operating budget;
o The Colorado School of Mines Foundation unrestricted support for the
Colorado School of Mines.

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Appendix A 
Detail for incremental budget adjustments  
Current Unrestricted Fund Expenses 
Incremental adjustments to the current unrestricted budget are proposed as follows: 
Salary and Benefit increases ‐    
Financial Aid/Graduate Support increases ‐  
Operating Expense increases ‐   
Restore controlled maintenance budget ‐  
See detail below: 
Salary and Benefit increases $5.6 million: 
Academic Faculty: 
Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty – 13 FTE net of 7 anticipated retirees 
 Chemical Engineering – 1 FTE 
 Chemistry – 1 FTE 
 Engineering – 3 FTE 
 Mathematical & Computer Science – 2 FTE 
 Petroleum Engineering – 0.5 FTE 
 Physics – 0.5 FTE 
 Yet to be determined – 5 FTE 
Instructor Positions – 10 FTE 
Classified and Non‐Academic Staff: 
Academic Affairs Classified Positions – 4 FTE 
  CCIT – 2.5 FTE 
  Mechanical Technician in Engineering – 1 FTE 
  Office of Graduate Studies – 0.5 FTE 
Non‐Academic positions 
 Human Resource position for background investigations – 0.5 FTE 
 Internal Audit/Compliance Officer – 1 FTE 
 Student Life Custodial for Rec Center and Student Center – 2 FTE 
 Director of Student Activities – 1 FTE 
 Admission Counselor – 1 FTE 
 Summer Counselor – 0.25 FTE 
 Public Relations – 0.4 FTE ($0 impact due to use of existing salary) 
 EHS position – 1FTE ($0 impact)  
Other Labor Increases (Fringe Benefits, Increases, Annualizations): 
Increase due to annualization of positions and fringe benefit increase 
$   650,177
Other Personnel Costs (student hourly, overtime, benefit increase due to 
exemption of 3 classified positions) offset by decrease in adjunct budget 
Promotion, Equity and Merit Pool 
Labor for New Buildings: 
Positions required for the opening of Brown Hall and Maple Hall 
 Maintenance – 12 FTE 
 Student Life – 2 FTE 
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Financial Aid and Graduate Support increase of $3.4 million 
Financial Aid for Undergraduate 
  Resident ‐ $674,361 
  Non‐resident ‐ $1,427,272    
Graduate Support 
  Resident ‐ $446,990 
  Non‐resident ‐ $836,955 
Operating Expense of $1.7 million 
Utilities (including new buildings) 
Hardware/Software and Tech Fee Match 
Debt Service 
Operating for new buildings 
Operating Increase net of one‐time expense to be funded with controlled 
maintenance budget ($209,305) including increase for faculty searches 
($120,000) and operating budgets in Academic Affairs ($218,850) 
Designated Fund 
Expenses in the designated fund are proposed to increase by $170,000 which is comprised of: 
Positions funded with resources designated for specific activities 
 Public Safety – 1 FTE 
 Health Center benefits coordinator – 0.75 FTE 
 Health Center increase effort for Administrative Assistant – 0.25FTE       
Athletics Post Season Operating Increase 

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