A five-year strategic plan is being developed to help Salt Lake Community College officials keep ahead of challenges created by tight budgets and increasing enrollments.

The skeleton of the plan was presented Wednesday to the college's institutional council and will likely take more than a year to fully develop, said Gayle D. Heckel, assistant to the president.The Utah Board of Regents forecasts the college will have the fastest-growing enrollment of the state's colleges and universities. The strategic plan is designed to help the school avoid pitfalls that could result from changing conditions, and enable the school to benefit from future changes by planning ahead, Heckel said.

The strategic plan will also integrate the college's master plans and goals of administrative vice presidents so day-to-day operations and shorter-range plans can be coordinated with a longer-range plan that looks five years ahead.