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'Budget 101' sessions Feb. 9 and 15

Updated February 1, 2010

Continuing efforts to provide clear and transparent information about the university's finances, Colorado State University's Budget 101 sessions will provide the campus community insight into the university's budget processes, giving individuals not directly involved in the process information and knowledge to provide valuable feedback regarding the draft budget.

Understand complex budget process

Colorado State University will hold two public 'Budget 101' educational sessions for the campus and larger community Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15.

Interim Provosit Rick Miranda and Associate Vice President for Finance Lynn Johnson will present information designed to help attendees understand CSU's complex budget process. Budget 101 sessions provide a detailed overview and understanding of university finances and budgeting process.

Sessions of "Budget 101: A primer to participation in CSU’s budget process" are free and open to the public and will be held in the Lory Student Center on campus.

Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Feb. 9, 1 - 3:30 p.m. - North Ballroom
  • Feb. 15, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Cherokee Park Ballroom

Review and feedback

Based on budget plans presented at the hearing, university administration will compile CSU’s initial FY 2010-11 draft budget, which will be provided to the campus community by mid-February for review and feedback.

A final open planning and budget hearing is scheduled from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 10 in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. More details will be made available closer to the hearing.

Budget hearing held on Jan. 27

Colorado State holds the university’s annual open planning and budget hearings, as well as the 'Budget 101' educational sessions to present straightforward information designed to help the campus and larger community understand CSU's complex budget process.

"We are committed to transparency and take public accountability seriously, and the Financial Accountability Report, budget hearings and open Budget 101 sessions are examples of that commitment," said Tony Frank, president of Colorado State University.

"These efforts aim to make clear the university's finances, primarily because we owe this level of transparency to the public. It’s only when this complex information is understood that we can all engage in beneficial discussion about current and future budget priorities. We hope the campus community will join in this important process."

Financial Accountability Report

The annual Financial Accountability Report presents specific, factual information regarding the university's finances, including an overview of total university revenue and expenditures. The information provided is presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and is consolidated into the annual audited financial statements of the Colorado State University System.

The CSU Financial Accountability Report was made available online Wednesday, Jan. 27, at

Campus leaders presented their budget plans for FY 2010-11

As part of the university’s annual budget preparation process, the year’s first planning and budget hearing -- open to the campus community and public -- was held from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom on Jan. 27. At the hearing, led by Interim Provost Rick Miranda, leaders from each college, vice presidential unit, provost’s and president’s offices presented their budget plan for addressing expected reductions for FY 2010-11. Those discussions helped refine CSU’s revenue and expenditure projections for the coming year.

Schedule of presentations

  • 8 - 8:15 a.m.           Welcome and Overview

  • 8:15 - 8:30 a.m.      College of Agricultural Sciences

  • 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.      College of Business

  • 8:45 - 9 a.m.           College of Engineering

  • 9 - 9:15 a.m.           College of Liberal Arts

  • 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.      College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

  • 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.      College of Natural Sciences

  • 9:45 -10 a.m.          Break

  • 10 - 10:15 a.m.       College of Applied Human Sciences

  • 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.  Warner College of Natural Resources

  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.  University Libraries

  • 10:45 - 11 a.m.       Information Technology

  • 11 - 11:15 a.m.       Graduate Affairs

  • 11:15 - 11:30 a.m.  Undergraduate Affairs

  • 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.  Enrollment and Access

  • 11:45 a.m. - noon   Outreach and Strategic Partnerships

  • Noon - 1 p.m.         Lunch Break (lunch not provided)

  • 1 - 1:15 p.m.           International Programs

  • 1:15 - 1:30 p.m.      Student Affairs

  • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.      Research

  • 1:45 - 2 p.m.           University Operations

  • 2 - 2:15 p.m.           Advancement

  • 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.      Break

  • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.      Public Affairs

  • 2:45 - 3 p.m.           President’s Office

  • 3 - 3:15 p.m.           ASCSU

  • 3:15 - 4 p.m.           Wrap up and Closing Remarks

Contact: Brad Bohlander
Phone: (970) 491-1545