At a forum for students to discuss their thoughts on the University of Virginia's strategic planning efforts, two items stood out: Concerns about the academic advising system and a suggestion to increase the number of out-of-state students.

"There were some new things," said J. Milton Adams, senior vice provost.

Such a proposal would allow UVA to go after top intellectual talent and address concerns about declining state funding, said Mark Gruetzmacher, a fourth year and student representative to the Public University Working Group.

During breakout sessions, students discussed a variety of facets of strategic planning. The students who opted to talk about the future of the public university came up with the proposal, along with several other points.

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