Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Committee
Peter Han - Chief of Staff, Presidentâ€™s Office
May 14, 2013
SUBJECT: FY 2014 Budget
Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget
The fiscal year 2014 budget was developed to support key strategic initiatives and to
address certain critical needs. Priority areas for increased funding in next yearâ€™s budget
include: 1) new tenure track faculty positions, 2) undergraduate grants and scholarships,
and graduate student support, 3) salary increases, and 4) student services.
As we developed this budget and looked towards our five-year financial model, we
continue to manage the delicate balance of having to make strategic and critical
investments during a time of economic uncertainty. Recent economic growth in Colorado
has allowed the state to increase its allocation for higher education to $543 million for
2014, an increase of nearly 6% from 2013. On the other hand, in its March 2013 revenue
forecast, the Governorâ€™s budget office noted that economic growth in Colorado will likely
moderate in 2013 and could be threatened by economic vulnerabilities nationally and
internationally. Further the allocation for fiscal year 2014 is still considerably lower than
2010 as noted in the chart on the next page, title, â€śDepartment of Higher Education State
Colorado School of Mines will receive an increase in state funding of $1 million in fiscal
year 2014 for a total of $16.8 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 2015. However, due to the uncertainty in the Stateâ€™s budget in the future, we continue
to assume a decrease in fee for service support for each year beyond fiscal year 2015 in
our financial models. Also on the next page is a chart that shows state (and SFSF)
funding for Mines over the past ten years and what we are projecting for through FY16.
Colorado School of Mines State Funding
Fed Stabilizaton (SFSF)
The School continues making strides in funding strategic and critical investments despite
recent reductions in state support. The proposed budget reflects efforts to align resources
with the schoolâ€™s strategic objectives set forth in the strategic plan as well as investing in
areas that are critical to the operations of the institution.
The budget 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 Schoolâ€™s endowment funds. The budget adjustments for each fund are
summarized below and the detail may be seen in Attachment 1. Budget totals for each of
these categories is shown in the â€śall fundsâ€ť format in Attachment 2.
Proposed FY 2014 Budget Summary
Fiscal Year 2013 Base Budget:
Revenue Increases (Decrease):
Tuition Revenue (6% Res; 6% NR rate inc.) and Fees
Indirect Cost Recoveries for Research
One-time Savings from prior year
Projected Revenue Increase
New Academic Faculty (11 TTT; 3 mid-year hires)
Adjunct (primarily one-time)
New Classified and Non-Academic Staff
Labor Increases - Fringe Benefit Increase/
Annualization/Merit Pool/Classified Increases
Resident Financial Aid & Graduate Support â€“ SB003
Other Financial Aid and Graduate Support
Increase in Debt Payment (Housing and Dining)
Other Operating and Miscellaneous
Auxiliary Debt Payments and R&R Reserves
Debt Retirement Reserve
Total FY 2014 Budget Requests
Net Activity FY2014
Current Unrestricted Funds
After the budget adjustments summarized above, the current unrestricted budget reflects
total revenue of $167.07 million and expenses of $165.27 million resulting in net revenue
after expenses of $1.8 million.
Current unrestricted revenues are expected to increase by $13.23 million in fiscal year
2014 based on the following assumptions:
Tuition increases of 6% for resident students and non-resident students.
An incoming class of freshman and transfers of 950 students. Although overall
undergraduate enrollment is expected to remain relatively flat, the enrollment model
anticipates a decrease in undergraduate resident students of 1.66% and an increase
in non-resident students of 2.73%. This change in the overall mix of students reflects
the greater number of non-resident students in recent classes as these classes
replace older ones with less non-resident students. The enrollment projections also
assume a slight decrease in graduate students; 11 fewer students or a decrease of
Fees are expected to increase slightly by $82,000 primarily due to the increase of
mandatory fees by CPI (1.9%).
State Funding will increase by $1 million or 6.5%.
Indirect cost recoveries are expected to grow 10% or $1.16 million due to expected
increases in Research spending and an increase in the overhead rate.
Auxiliary Revenue is expected to increase by $0.90 million. The increase is primarily
due the average increase of room and board of 4%.
Revenues include one-time savings from fiscal year 2013 of $3.4 million. These
savings are primarily the result of current year revenue increases from higher than
anticipated undergraduate enrollment, an increase in indirect cost recoveries from
research, and salary savings for faculty still in the hiring process.
Expenses: Current Unrestricted Funds (See Attachment 1 for detail)
Net increase to the expense budget of $13.76 million includes the following institution wide
increases and departmental requests:
Salaries and Benefits
For the first time in four years, the Governor has recommended an increase for classified
staff. In general, increases include a base adjustment of 2% and a merit increase
dependent on performance evaluations. The average increase is expected to be
approximately 3.5%. The fiscal year 2014 budget also proposes the use of an equity,
promotion, and merit pool for academic and administrative faculty of 3.5%.
The fiscal year 2014 budget request includes a significant increase in faculty lines. We
propose adding 11 new faculty positions in addition to filling faculty positions from current
vacancies. All 11 new positions are anticipated to be tenure or tenure track faculty. A one-
time request for adjunct funding is provided to help fill gaps until these new positions are
filled. With these hires, our total budgeted faculty numbers compared to FY07 will be:
Salary expense details may be reviewed in Attachment 1 and assumptions to note include:
Benefit adjustment â€“ Classified decrease 1.5%; Faculty increase 3.8%; Admin Exempt
Classified Salary increases average 3.5% (excluding the fringe benefits)
Equity and retention pool for faculty and exempt staff â€“ 3.5% (excluding fringe
The budget includes the schoolâ€™s commitment under SB10-003 to convert all state funds
received pursuant to fee for service to financial aid and graduate support within the next
ten years. FY14 will be the third year of the commitment with a total budget $3.5 million
(30% of our fee for service contract) of additional institutional financial aid and graduate
support dedicated to resident students. To meet this target, the proposed budget request
includes an increase of $1.15 million undergraduate resident financial aid and $0.19 million
for graduate resident support. In addition, the proposal includes requests for non-resident
students with an additional $.73 million allocated to undergraduate financial aid and $.33
million for graduate support.
This yearâ€™s budget proposal includes providing a debt retirement fund for the institution.
With the uncertainty in the long-term outlook for state funding, it is critical the School
develops options for future capital needs. Establishing this fund will provide alternatives for
future investments such as paying off debt (depending on rates that time), using cash in
lieu of debt, or leveraging large gifts with the ability to match. The fiscal year 2014 budget
requests $1 million to establish the fund and our projections include increases to that
amount each year for an estimated annual contribution of $3.4 million within the next five
Auxiliary Debt Payments and R&R Reserves
As part of the financing plan for existing and approved new facilities, Student Life will set
aside $0.56 million from auxiliary revenues in fiscal year 2014 for debt payments to be
made in 2015. This is shown as an expense in 2014 for budgeting purposes. In addition, a
budget proposal of $0.57 for a Student Life renewal and replacement fund will be used
specifically for equipment, maintenance and capital projects related to student life activities
and funded with fees and charges. Auxiliary revenues will be used to fund this renewal
and replacement fund.
Included in other operating expenses are nondiscretionary increases for debt ($0.8 million)
utilities ($0.2 million), and research development funds ($0.4 million). Other requests
$0.32 million for IT operating and Hardware/Software support;
$0.09 million for one-time set up costs for new employees;
$0.38 for operating budgets in facilities, academic departments, the writing center, the
library, for pre-hire drug testing and professional development.
Fundraising and Alumni Relations
The development services fee with the CSM Foundation remains $1.8 million for FY2014.
This fee is used to support a portion of the capital campaignâ€™s costs. As part of its
operating agreement with the CSM Alumni Association, the institution will provide
$302,050 to CSMAA to support alumni relations and Mines Magazine.
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 $200,000 mostly due to an increase
in fees based on inflation (1.9%). The decrease of $1.8 million in capital projects reflects
current year funding for new parking lots which we do not anticipate needing in fiscal year
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 increase by 3%. It is anticipated
that support from the CSM Foundation and State Financial Aid will remain flat. The
decrease of $2.0 million in capital projects reflects the current year funding of the Athletics
Complex using gift 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 Schoolâ€™s endowment and
the foundation fee for administering school endowments. The reduction on $2.9 million in
revenue primarily due to a large gift received in the current year for the Nuclear Science
and Engineer Chair. The decrease of $1.5 million in capital projects reflects the current
year funding of the High Performance Computer.
CSM Foundation Budget
CSM receives annual funding for specific administrative operating activities outlined below.
This funding is expected to remain flat for fiscal year 2014 and those base amounts are
Federal Legislative Services
Colorado Legislative Services
Travel - CSM Representatives
CSM Alumni Association
General CSM Support
Institutional Supp ort
S.V.P. Finance a
V.P. Student Life
V.P. Research and Tech Transfer
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 2014 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.