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August 28, 2014

Foundation Tie Costs Frank Lloyd Wright School Accreditation

A decision by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation not to spin off its affiliated architecture college into an independent entity means the institution will lose its accreditation, fomenting tension between the two groups, writes The New York Times.

The college's board of governors criticized the foundation board's vote to retain control of the college at the cost of its blessing from the Higher Learning Commission, which adopted a rule two years ago requiring institutions with its imprimatur to be "separately incorporated from sponsoring organizations." The nonprofit, Chicago-based commission notified the Wright college last week that it will lose its accreditation in 2017.

The institution is based at Mr. Wright's homes in Arizona and Wisconsin and offers a master's in architecture. Sean Malone, the foundation's president and CEO, said it has no plans to close the school and will seek out "another accredited institution with whom to partner so we can jointly offer a professional degree."