Strategic information systems planning (SISP) is important as it allows organizations to more effectively deploy information systems. Although this importance of SISP is brought to attention in the information systems literature, findings from several studies indicate the need for a holistic strategic plan for information technology in educational institutions. The literature also shows limited evidence of existing SISP influence in Arab countries. Therefore, the focus of this research-in-progress paper is on the current status of SISP in Saudi Arabian educational institutions. The theoretical background and the research instrument are presented here.