Internal Audit

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create value by providing independent, risk-based, and objective examination of the activities of our thirteen community colleges and the System Office. We monitor, report, and provide recommendations to improve educational programs focused on career and technical education fields.

What We Do

Process audits and continuous improvement – we assist Colorado Community College System management and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education in their work by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, internal controls, and governance processes. Our goal is to be a trusted partner with the System Office and college management, providing valuable services and improving operations.

Compliance audits and monitoring – we provide oversight of Colorado Technical Act funds, conduct reviews of Carl D. Perkins grants, and perform civil rights monitoring activities.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be a recognized business partner by independently, and objectively providing information, analysis, and counsel to assist management in fulfilling their responsibilities. We will accomplish this by ensuring operations are effective, efficient and ethical, and risks are appropriately mitigated. We use a comprehensive data-driven approach to identify risks, provide innovative solutions and seek to educate our community colleges and Colorado school districts.

About the Internal Audit Department

We plan our audits and notify stakeholders in advance of an audit. Working with management, we coordinate scheduling and provide a list of documents that will aid in the timely completion of our engagement. During fieldwork, we review findings with management prior to finalizing our report. Once our audit report is finalized, we present our findings and recommendations to the Audit Committee.

The Director of Internal Audit reports functionally to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee Charter details the responsibilities of both the Audit Committee and the Internal Audit Department. The Audit Committee members are appointed from the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education by the Board Chairman. Current Audit Committee members are Committee Chair Terrance McWilliams and Catherine Shull.


CCCS Internal Audit Department Reporting Structure. Internal Audit Staff reports to the Director of Internal Audit who reports to the Audit Committee and has a dotted line to the System President. Both the Audit Committee and the System President report to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education


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