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Private company to operate dorms at UNG
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Students residing on the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus may notice changes over the next year.

Nine campuses in the University System of Georgia were selected to be part of the new University System’s Public-Private Partnership initiative for on-campus student housing.

The partnership is with Corvias Campus Living, a private company selected by the Board of Regents. The agreement comes on the heels of a voter-approved tax break for private companies that take over university-run dorms.

Charles Sutlive, the system’s vice chancellor for communications, said as a campus-housing partner Corvias Campus Living will manage the operations of the existing student housing and construct and manage operations of new student housing.

The system expects the agreement to help keep housing costs low.

“We expect our campus-housing partner will bring design innovation and operating efficiencies to the partnership to ensure costs are reasonable and rents remain affordable,” Sutlive said. “Savings are anticipated to come from operating efficiencies. The savings will be used to keep rents affordable to students and to keep the housing in good condition.”

The $517 million agreement includes developing 3,683 new beds by fall 2016 and managing 6,195 existing beds on the nine institutions’ campuses over the next 65 years.

The University System will remain responsible for residence life programming for students and will retain oversight of the partnership, according to Sutlive. Though student life initiatives will remain under campus control, Sutlive said students can expect to see changes on campus due to the partnership.

“For the new housing that is expected to be available (in) fall 2016, we expect our campus housing partner to bring design innovation and best practices from their housing experience that will improve the quality of the on-campus housing experience for students,” Sutlive said.

For existing housing, like that on the UNG Dahlonega campus, Sutlive said students will see improvements over time as facilities are refurbished and updated.

“We will be working with our campus-housing partner over the next several months to ensure the transition to their management of the existing housing on July 1, 2015, is as seamless as possible,” he said.

The participating campuses are: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Armstrong State University in Savannah, College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Columbus State University, Dalton State College, East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia State University in Atlanta and the University of North Georgia.