Independent Auditors’ Report
Board of Trust The Vanderbilt University:
We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of financial position of The Vanderbilt University as of June 30, 2006 and 2005, and the related consolidated statements of activities and cash flows for the years then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of The Vanderbilt University’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of The Vanderbilt University as of June 30, 2006 and 2005, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
In accordance with the Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued a report dated September 5, 2006 on our consideration of The Vanderbilt University’s internal control over financial reporting and on our tests on its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report is to describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and do not provide an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and should be considered in assessing the results of our audit.
Our audit was conducted for the purpose of forming an opinion on the consolidated financial statements taken as a whole. The accompanying Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards for the year ended June 30, 2006 is presented for purposes of additional analysis as required by U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A- 133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, and is not a required part of the consolidated financial statements. Such information has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied on the audit of the consolidated financial statements and, in our opinion, is fairly stated in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated financial statements taken as a whole.
As described in note 16 to the financial statements, on June 30, 2006 the University adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 47, Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations.
September 5, 2006, except as to Note 5, which is as of September 25, 2006