Narrative

The University of North Georgia is in compliance with this core requirement.

 

The University of North Georgia (UNG) consists of all the physical resources that were already in place at North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) and Gainesville State College (GSC).  The effect of consolidation on the use and allocation of facilities is negligible.The previous GSC and NGCSU had adequate facilities to meet their prescribed missions as evidenced by existing master plans for NGCSU[1] and GSC[2].  

 

In accordance with its mission[3] to provide "a culture of academic excellence in a student-focused environment that includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity," UNG serves students across four campus locations in Dahlonega, Gainesville, Oconee, and Cumming. Previous plans and priorities for new and renovated facilities are being assessed as UNG campus master planning gets underway. Capacity studies have been conducted at all four UNG campuses by the University System of Georgia and will be integrated into the master plan development for UNG.

 

The two former institutions comprising UNG have a history of adequate maintenance, and no facilities are known to have physical deficiencies that inhibit the delivery of services required to meet needs of students, faculty or staff. Consequently, the continuation of most existing programs and services and at all four campuses post-consolidation has required only minimal substantive changes in facilities other than centralized coordination and unified campus master plan development and implementation. Both Facilities departments (North – Dahlonega and Cumming[4]; South – Gainesville and Oconee[5]) complete Building Condition Reports that detail the condition of the buildings and what maintenance, upgrades, and renovations have been performed.  Administrative oversight of UNG’s physical resources resides with the Associate Vice President for Facilities who reports to the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance.

 

The University of North Georgia will continue capital planning processes that include representation from Facilities, Academic Affairs, Business and Finance, Student Affairs, and University Advancement.  All capital plans containing new construction or major renovations are reviewed and approved by the President’s Cabinet, which includes all UNG Vice Presidents.  As UNG expands academic offerings, this integrated planning and review process is utilized to assure that adequate facilities are available to support these offerings, and that physical resources are effectively utilized. 

Description of Facilities

The University of North Georgia has four campuses:

  • Dahlonega Campus, 82 College Circle,  Dahlonega GA
  • Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd, Oakwood, GA 30566  (approximately  30 miles southeast of Dahlonega Campus)
  • Oconee Campus, 1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy, Watkinsville, GA  30677 (approximately  40 miles southeast of Gainesville Campus)
  • Cumming Campus, 300 Aquatic Circle, Cumming, Georgia 30040 (approximately  25 miles south of Dahlonega Campus)

 

a)  Dahlonega Campus

The Dahlonega Campus has a total of 64 buildings within its 212-acre core campus. The University also holds an additional 600 acres of undeveloped property in the Dahlonega area. Of these, 35 buildings are historic (or at least 40 years of age) and 17 are eligible for the National Historic Register. Price Memorial Hall and the Vickery House currently have earned the Register status.  The Dahlonega Campus completed a $20 million state-funded renovation program in December 2012, which accomplished renovations to the Student Success Center, historic Young Hall, historic Barnes Hall, and the Hoag Student.  A total of 98,500 SF of space was renovated and the campus implemented its first central cooling plant system through this effort. Serving 6,500 students, the Dahlonega Campus provides parking for 4,000 vehicles, including 553,801 SF in parking decks, and bed space for 2,230 resident students.

  

Summary of Available Space on Dahlonega Campus

Type of Space

Total ASF

Classrooms

97,766

Laboratories

44,800

Offices

124,592

Student Life

247,009

Resident Life

345,489

Shops and Maintenance

25,288

Total Assignable Space

884,944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Room Count on Dahlonega Campus

Type of Room

Number

Classrooms < 50 seats

114 

Classrooms > 50 seats

16

Specialized Classrooms

39

Laboratory Classrooms

7

Research Laboratory

22

  

 

The following facilities serve as the major academic, student life and residential facilities for the Dahlonega campus:

 

 Academic

  • Young Hall
  • Dunlap Hall
  • Newton-Oakes Center
  • West Main Hall
  • Library and Technology Center
  • Nix Fine Arts Center
  • Choice Ave. Arts Complex

 

Laboratory

  • Health and Natural Sciences Building
  • Rogers Hall
  • Field Biology Building
  • Observatory

 

Administrative

  • Price Memorial Hall
  • Barnes Hall
  • Alumni Center
  • Downtown Office Building
  • Physical Plant Office
  • Public Safety Office

 

Administrative – Military

  • Military Leadership Center
  • Georgia Army National Guard

Student Life

  • Dining Hall
  • Memorial Hall (gymnasium)
  • Recreation Center
  • Hoag Student Center
  • Stewart Student Success Center
  • Chestatee Building

 

Residential Life

  • Gaillard Hall
  • Lewis Hall
  • Lewis Annex
  • Donovan Hall
  • Liberty Hall
  • Patriot Hall
  • North Georgia Suites
  • Owen Hall
  • Walker Drive
  • Barlow Apartments

 

Community / University Facilities

  • Continuing Education Center
  • Vickery House
  • Woodward Infirmary
  • Community Clinic (housed in Health and Natural Sciences Building)

 

In addition to these primary campus buildings, the University owns three buildings at Pine Valley, its off-campus recreational area.

 

 

b)  Gainesville Campus

The Gainesville campus has a total of 17 buildings and 2,456 parking spaces on 147 acres, with an additional 84 acres of joining property, serving 6,500 students. The Gainesville Campus completed the State General Obligation Bond funded Martha T. Nesbitt academic building in August 2011.  This significant new structure includes 135,000 SF of teaching, lab, and office space.  It was constructed with a $37 million budget.

  

Summary of Space on Gainesville Campus

Type   of Space

Total   ASF

Classrooms

102,891

Laboratories

16,714

Offices

54,583

Student Life

20,996

Resident Life

0

Shops and Maintenance

13,086

 

 

Total Assignable Space

208,270

 

 

Academic Room Count on Gainesville Campus

Type of Room

Number

Classrooms > 50 seats

7

Classrooms < 50 seats

81

Specialized Classrooms

4

Laboratory Classrooms

39

 

 

The following facilities serve as the major academic, student life and administrative facilities for the Gainesville campus. In addition to the facilities summarized below, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved projects to create an additional 7,500 SF of laboratory space on the Gainesville Campus.

 

Academic

  • Dunlap Mathis Building
  • Lloyd Strickland Building
  • Foster Watkins Building
  • Hugh Mills, Building
  • Martha T Nesbitt Academic Building
  • Theater/ CE Building
  • Music Building

 

Laboratory

  • Science, Engineering & Technology Building

 

Student Life & Support

  • Student Center Building
  • John Harrison Hosch Library
  • Hugh Mills Fitness Center

 

Administration 

  • Administration Building
  • Testing Center/Offices
  • Plant Operations & Facilities Buildings
  • Public Safety Building

 

c)  Oconee Campus

The Oconee campus has a total of 5 buildings on 14 acres with 480 parking spaces serving 2400 students.

 

Summary of Space on Oconee Campus

Type   of Space

Total   ASF

Classrooms

16,466

Laboratories

546

Offices

12,469

Student Life

1,275

Resident Life

0

Shops and Maintenance

1,470

 

 

Total Assignable Space

32,206

 

 

Academic Room Count on Oconee Campus

Type of Room

Number

Classrooms < 50 seats

21

Specialized Classrooms

1

Laboratory Classrooms

1

 

  

The following are the academic, student life and administrative facilities on the Oconee campus.

 Academic & Laboratory

  • Classroom Building
  • Student Resource Center

 

Administrative

  • Administrative Building
  • Faculty Center/Wellness/ Activities
  • Plant Operations

 

 

d)  Cumming Campus

The University owns 20 acres in the city of Cumming, and has recently built a single multipurpose building to begin offering classes in the area. Cumming Campus began operation in August 2012, with enrollment for approximately 400 students. It houses classrooms, offices, laboratories, and student support spaces.

 

Summary of Available Space at Cumming Campus

Type   of Space

Total   ASF

Classrooms

11,898

Laboratories

 4,472

Offices

 3,706

Student Life

 4,352

Resident Life

0

Shops and Maintenance

   928

 

 

Total Assignable Space

25,356

 

 

Academic Room Count at Cumming Campus

Type of Room

Number

Classrooms < 50 seats

9

Classrooms > 50 seats

2

Specialized Classrooms

1

Laboratory Classrooms

4

  

Information Technology

As a multi-campus institution, UNG uses a variety of technologies at each site and between sites to provide reliable and secure access to academic resources.  Internally, each location uses a redundant fiber optic network infrastructure.  Externally, the large Dahlonega and Gainesville Campuses have redundant Internet connections to ensure connectivity should circuit failure occur. All instructional buildings provide wireless network access. Many outside areas frequented by students also have wireless coverage.

 

Network infrastructure is supported with uninterruptible power supplies to provide an additional level of reliability. Primary datacenters are also equipped with generators to provide power in the event of an extended power outage.  Additional service resiliency and disaster recovery options will be implemented between locations by mirroring storage and/or entire servers between locations. Data centers and network/telephone closets are secured with a combination of key control and electronic swipe card locks.

 

Conversion to VoIP for telephone services is well underway with conversion complete at Gainesville, Oconee, and Cumming Campuses.  Dahlonega is in the process of converting from Centrex to VoIP.  Currently, there are 857 VoIP lines and 968 Centrex lines across all locations.

 

Video conference capabilities are key to enabling seamless communication for meetings in a multi-campus environment.  Video conference-enabled conference rooms follow broken down by campus:

  • Dahlonega Campus
    • LibTech 162, LibTech 163, Price 218, Price mobile unit,  Military Leadership Center 113, Military Leadership Center Mobile Unit, Hansford IT Conference Room, Hoag Student Center Mobile Unit,  Stewart Conference Room, Downtown Office Building Conference Room
  • Gainesville Campus 
    • Administration 112, Administration 122, ContEd 108, ContEd 121, Dunlap/Mathis 137, Library 134, GC Mobile Cart #1, Nesbitt 2214, Nesbitt 5105, Oakwood Building Conference Room, Science 142, Strickland 183, Student Center 343, Watkins 191
  • Oconee Campus
    • Conference Room 522, Conference Room 564, OC Mobile #1, OC Mobile #2
  • Cumming Campus
    • Conference Room 262

 

 

Most degree programs use some level of technology; therefore, a wide variety of resources are dedicated to student, faculty, and staff usage.  Overall, programs utilize 315 technology-enhanced classrooms featuring instructor workstations and integrated audiovisual systems with digital projectors.  Of the 315 classrooms, 22 have lecture capture capabilities, and 8 are equipped for distance learning, which can also double as video conferencing sites.  Among the multiple locations, students can access general purpose and program-specific computer labs, containing 1,853 workstations.

 

At the Dahlonega Campus, there are 20 open labs with 340 computers, 50 of which are in residence halls, and 24 special purpose/classroom labs with 305 computers. On the Gainesville Campus there are a total of 48 student-use computer labs with 1,202 workstations available. Out of these 48 labs, 11 are open to general use. There are 3 main, general-purpose open labs.  The Oconee Campus has a total of 169 computer lab workstations in 11 labs, with 2 open to general use and remainder utilized for instruction.

 

The University of North Georgia Libraries maintains a laptop borrowing program at each campus library, which provides the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to check out a laptop, MacBook or iPad for 1 week.  Borrowers sign an agreement that transfers responsibility for the equipment to them.  The agreement defines the costs if a device is lost or stolen, and the late fee if the device is not returned by the prescribed date. In Dahlonega, the program has been in place for more than 5 years and their fleet consists of 65 laptops, 20 Macbooks and 50 iPads. Twenty laptops are available for checkout at Cumming Campus.  Laptops and iPads are also available for checkout at the Gainesville and Oconee campus. Support for these devices is provided by the IT Division. Below are the circulation statistics for the Dahlonega campus technology borrowing program. All other campus are new to the program and do not yet have statistics to report.

 

UNG Dahlonega Library Technology Center Technology Borrowing

Laptop checkouts

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Total

2012-13

105

145

228

322

295

150

236

304

273

400

88

178

2724

2011-12

33

60

235

220

238

25

197

242

220

236

54

106

1866

2010-11

30

52

158

189

217

61

45

161

225

366

21

24

1549

2009-10

25

28

75

86

138

73

64

150

140

204

23

0

1006

2008-09

0

0

0

26

77

30

59

105

93

229

4

16

639

  

Additionally, the Distance Education and Technology Integration Office in Dahlonega has an iPad lab available for checkout to faculty to pilot mobile device learning and facilitate integration of mobile devices in the classrooms.

 

Virtual Lab is a service to make computing facilities available to all students, faculty, and staff any time of the day or night. This gives them the ability to access applications and network resources remotely from their home or any place that has an Internet connection. These virtual computers operate the same as physical computer labs on campus and include the same resources as on campus. There are 150 concurrent licenses available being shared between Dahlonega, Gainesville, Oconee, and Cumming. This infrastructure can be easily expanded to meet the future needs of the University of North Georgia.

 

Looking towards the future, the technology infrastructure at the various campuses is well positioned for growth.  Both Dahlonega and Gainesville have multiple Internet connections allowing for redundancy and future growth of bandwidth.  Efficiencies are being realized because both NGCSU and GSC had already standardized on common network and computer hardware.  Compatible video conference and distance learning equipment were in place at the time of consolidation as a result of previous collaborative efforts.  Both the former GSC and NGCSU had similar standards for classroom technology, so all locations are well prepared for faculty “floating” between campuses and the rollout of degree programs at new locations.  From a technology perspective, the University of North Georgia is ready to move forward with meeting the educational needs of current and future students.

Evidence
[ 1 ]   File  NGCSU_MasterPlan20091012 
[ 2 ]   File  GSC_MasterPlan20100112 
[ 3 ]   File  UNG Website Mission (2) 
[ 4 ]   File  Building Condition Report-North 
[ 5 ]   File  Building Condition Report-South