Board of Trustees

FROM: Kirsten
for Finance and Administration

May 19, 2014

SUBJECT: FY 2015 Budget


As we approach fiscal year 2015 and the development of the budget, there are key operating
and strategic factors that translate to our financial position, both short and long term. We
have just developed a new strategic plan; we have seen stable and even an increase of our
financial support from the state; after years of aggressive academic faculty hires, we are
stabilizing at an all-time high of number of academic faculty; we are experiencing a
moderating of revenue after years of strong growth; and we are continuing our commitment
of financial aid to students both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. With these
outlooks and themes in mind, we have developed our budget prioritizing our resource needs
in relation to our revenue position and the impacts not only to the upcoming year, but future
years. Even with our growth in state funding, we are experiencing a softening of our
revenue base in this proposed budget primarily due to our moderating of tuition rate
increases. This has made our ability to manage the delicate balance of having to make
strategic and critical investments while minimizing the impact on students and tuition even
more difficult this year.

With the growth in research, student enrollment, and academic faculty that we have
experienced in the recent years, this year’s budget focuses largely on growth in the School’s
infrastructure; those critical areas that directly support the academic, research and student
core programs. Our priority areas for increased funding in this budget include: 1) new
positions to support the information technology infrastructure; website development and
management; research administration; and student services, 2) salary increases, and 3)
undergraduate grants and scholarships, and graduate student support.

State Funding
Continued economic growth in Colorado has allowed the state to increase its allocation for
higher education to $604 million for 2015, an increase of nearly 11% from 2014. While the
Governor’s budget office is projecting sustained modest growth for Colorado in its March
2014 revenue forecast, it is noted that growth could be threatened by economic
vulnerabilities nationally and internationally. Further the allocation for fiscal year 2015 is still

considerably lower than the State’s highest level of higher education funding in 2009 and
2010 as noted in the chart below, title, “Department of Higher Education State Funding.”

Based on the overall 11% increase, the Colorado School of Mines will receive an increase in
state funding of $1.86 million in fiscal year 2015 for a total of $18.67 million to be received in
the form of College Opportunity Fund stipends and fee for service. We are expecting state
funding to remain flat in fiscal year 2016. However, due to the uncertainty in the State’s
budget in the future and the passing of House Bill 1319 that will significantly change how
institutions of higher education are funded in Colorado, we continue to assume a decrease in
fee for service support for each year beyond fiscal year 2017 in our financial models. The
chart of the following page reflects state funding for Mines over the past ten years.


The School continues making strides in funding strategic and critical investments. The
proposed budget reflects investing in areas that are critical to the operations of the school as
well as efforts to begin to align resources with the school’s strategic objectives set forth in
the newly developed strategic plan.

This budget represents all funds received and used by the school and is categorized as
current unrestricted funds (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 budget is summarized in Attachment 1 and the changes for each fund are summarized
below and detailed in Attachment 2.

        Proposed FY 2015 Budget Changes
and Loan 
Fiscal Year 2014 Base Budget: 
 $ 1,400,000
$ 0 
$ 0
$ 0
Revenue Increases (Decrease): 
Tuition Revenue (2.75% Res; 3.75% NR rate inc.) and 
State Funding 
Housing Revenue 
Use of One‐time Savings from FY2103 
Gift Revenue 
Federal and State Financial Aid 
Other Revenue 
Proposed Revenue Increase (Decrease) 
($10,700,000)0 $17,400,000
New Expense Increases (Decreases): 
New Administrative Staff 
Salary and Benefit Savings (includes benefit pool 
reduction of $100,000) 
Operations of New Buildings (Elm and Welcome Ctr) 
Net Increase in Debt (primarily Elm Hall) 
Ongoing Expense Increases (Decreases): 
Salary and Fringe Increases   
Resident Financial Aid & Graduate Support – SB003 
Other Financial Aid and Graduate Support 
Increase Start Up for new Faculty 
Adjunct and Student Hourly 
Other Operating and Miscellaneous 
Capital and Controlled Maintenance 
Proposed Expense Increase (Decrease) 
Net Activity FY2015 

Current Unrestricted Fund

After the budget adjustments, summarized above, the current unrestricted budget reflects
total revenue of $169.94 million and expenses of $162.81 million, and reserve set aside of
$6.79 million resulting in net activity of $0.34 million.

Current unrestricted revenues are expected to increase by $7.46 million in fiscal year 2015
based on the following assumptions:

 Tuition increases of 2.75% for resident students and 3.75% for non-resident students

 An incoming class of freshman and transfers of 950 students with 144 transfer students.
Although these incoming class numbers are flat from fiscal year 2014, enrollment is
expected to increase as the enrollment model anticipates an increase in undergraduate
resident students of 0.53% and an increase in non-resident students of 6.51%. This
overall increase in enrollment reflects the greater number of non-resident students that
have enrolled in prior year classes as these classes matriculate through the system and
replace older classes that had less non-resident students. The enrollment increase also
reflects an increase in non-resident retention. The enrollment projections assumes flat
graduate enrollment.

 State Funding will increase by $1.86 million or 11%.

 Auxiliary Revenue is expected to increase by $1.95 million. The increase is primarily due
the average increase of room and board of 3.77% and the opening of the new residence
and dining hall.

 Revenues include a reduction of the one-time savings used from fiscal year 2013 of $3.3
million in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

The net increases to the expense budget have been carefully aligned with the strategic plan
and to deliberately address critical needs to support the academic, research and student
programs. In alignment with the strategic plan, additional funding has been invested in the
following areas; creation of a Center for Teaching and Learning, the creation of web
development positions, increased support for the information technology infrastructure,
administrative research support, and the operations of new facilities. The expense budget
increase of $8.52 million includes the following institution wide increases and departmental

Salaries and Benefits
The legislature sets the salary and benefit increases for classified staff. For this year, they
have approved an increase for a base adjustment of 2.5% and a merit increase (dependent
on performance evaluations) of 1%. To match the legislative increase for classified staff, this
budget includes the same percentage increase, 3.5% for all other staff; academic and
administrative faculty. The 3.5% will be used for any equity adjustments, promotions, and

The school has aggressively invested in academic faculty hiring over the last several years
and is working towards finalizing several searches. Additional adjunct funding (much of it as
one-time) is provided to help fill the gaps until those positions are filled. For the fiscal year
2015 budget we are leveling off new faculty hires to focus on critical needs in areas such as
information technology infrastructure and research support.

In addition, an increase of $2.10 million is requested to fund faculty start up for the new
academic faculty; this will address our total $6.3 million commitment to fund start up for new

The budget includes 22 new non-faculty FTE, four of which were funded from realignments
of operating dollars and had no budget impact. Eight of the positions support information

technologies and includes three new positions for web content and development at the
colleges. It also includes a director for the Center of Teaching and Learning program, two
new positions within the Office of Research Administration, and six FTE to support the new
Elm Residence and Dining Hall. A listing of all new positions and the related areas is
provided in Attachment 2.

This will be the first year that we implement a budget for salary savings. For a number of
years, we have incurred salary savings due to faculty and staff vacancies, but have never
captured them as a part of the budget. With the desire to develop a budget that is better
aligned with our true operations, we thought it was prudent to budget salary savings wherein
we could “utilize” those savings in our budget planning rather than determine how to deal
with them in the year that they occur. Below is a brief outline of how salary savings have
been incurred in the last few years and what we propose for fiscal year 2015:
Salary (and benefit) Savings 
 Projected FY14 
Budgeted FY15 
Academic Affairs 
     New Academic Faculty 
     Existing Faculty 
     Non ‐ Academic 
President’s Office 
Finance and Administration 
Student Life 
Financial Aid
The budget includes the school’s commitment under SB10-003 to convert all state funds
received pursuant to fee for service to financial aid and graduate support within ten years.
Fiscal year 2015 will be the fourth year of the commitment with a total budget of $5.2 million
(40% of our fee for service contract) in additional institutional financial aid and graduate
support dedicated to resident students. To meet this target, the proposed budget request
includes an increase of $1.51 million undergraduate resident financial aid and $0.16 million
for graduate resident support. In addition, the proposal includes requests for non-resident
students with an additional $1.72 million allocated to undergraduate financial aid and $.21
million for graduate support.

Mines is committed to addressing access and affordability while maintaining academic
excellence so in fiscal year 2015, we are introducing the Colorado Scholars Fund
scholarship program. Using SB10-003 funds (as discussed above), this program allocates
awards to high merit and high need Colorado resident students – the student must be Pell
eligible and a CSM Merit Award recipient. The funding will fill the gap between what the
student receives in grants and scholarships and the cost of tuition and fees. We expect to
provide funding throughout each student’s year at Mines. The program will start with the
freshman class and will be renewable for four years if the requirements continue to be met.
With this program, we intend to offset costs and lower loan debt for Pell eligible Colorado
students who excelled academically in high school and choose to come to Mines.

New Buildings
The new residence hall will open in the fall of 2014 with the dining hall opening in January
2015. In addition, the school acquired an office building from Jefferson County which is
expected to be occupied over the summer. This budget requests an increase of $0.51 million
for six FTE and the operations for these buildings as well as start-up costs for the Welcome
Center that is expected to come on line during the summer of 2015.

Debt and Other Operating
Included in other operating expenses are increases for debt ($1.25 million) and other
nondiscretionary increases including utilities, software licenses and other contractual
agreements ($0.20 million). The school is preparing to retire early certain debt which will
have a positive impact to the operating budget in 2015 of $321,658 as well as future years.

The development services fee with the CSM Foundation increased 5% to $1.9 million for
FY2015. This fee is used to support a portion of the capital campaign’s costs.

Operating Budget Projections
While developing the budget, we took into consideration the impact our current decisions
have on future years. Below is a summary of the next few years given moderate tuition
increases in fiscal years 2016 and 2107 and flat state support in fiscal year 2016. In fiscal
year 2017, we are forecasting a decline in state support of 10%. Fiscal year 2016 and 2017
also include three new academic faculty positions each year.
Current Unrestricted Operating Budget 
Projections FY 2015‐2017
$169,937,970 $177,030,565 $182,323,532

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 development.

Designated Revenue is expected to decrease in total by $10.7 million primarily due to
settlement proceeds received in 2014 for the CSMRI project which will not occur again in

fiscal year 2015. We anticipate an increase of $400,000 mostly due to an increase in student
fees based on inflation (2.75%). The decrease of $6.2 million in capital projects reflects
repayment of the CSMRI project liability along with internal funding set aside for the Clear
Creek Athletics complex which we do not anticipate needing in fiscal year 2015.
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.

We are anticipating the receipt of gifts for the Welcome Center ($2.0 million) and the Clear
Creek Athletics Complex ($15.0 million) to be used for construction. We also expect a small
increase for State financial aid of $0.30 million. All other activity is expected to remain flat.
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 endowments. We expect the activity to remain
relatively flat with fewer transfers to fund capital and operating activity.

Colorado Geological Survey
Beginning with fiscal year 2014, legislation was passed moving the Colorado Geological
Survey (CGS) from the Department of Natural Resources to the Colorado School of Mines.
CGS transitioned to the school and is now a function within the College of Earth Resource
Sciences and Engineering. The funding for CGS comes primarily from state general funds
and severance tax. They also receive state and federal funds for research. Because the
majority of their funding is derived from state resources, they are separately appropriated in
the Long Bill. Below is the fiscal year 2015 budget that has been approved and appropriated
in the Long Bill:
Colorado Geological Survey
FY 15 Budget
Federal/ Restricted 
State Funds
  State General Fund
  Severance Tax
  Grants and Contracts
Total Revenue
Total Expense
Because their funding is separately budgeted and appropriated in the state’s Long Bill, their
budget cycle begins in June and must be submitted to the Office of State Planning and
Budgeting in August (almost one year in advance of the CSM budgeting process). The fiscal
year 2016 budget request is still in development and is not expected to have material
changes. However, they will be requesting one additional FTE (a Geologist) that, if
approved, will be funded with additional severance tax.

CSM Foundation Budget
CSM receives annual funding for specific administrative operating activities outlined below.
This funding has been reduced for fiscal year 2015 and those base amounts are indicated
CSM Support: 
Legislative Relations 
FY 2014
FY 2015 
Federal Legislative Services
Colorado Legislative Services
$258,929 $260,018

CSM Alumni Association

General CSM Support

Institutional Support
Marketing 50,000
Provost 100,000
S.V.P. Finance and Administration
V.P. Student Life
V.P. Research and Tech Transfer 10,000


Total CSM Support


The Colorado School of Mines Foundation Budget in its entirety is included for informational
purposes in Attachment 3.


The Finance and Audit Committee recommends to the Board of Trustees for approval the
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, including:

o The Colorado School of Mines budget; and the
o 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 2015 Budget, including:

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