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Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Will Maintain Accreditation

12:30 - 17 March, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Will Maintain Accreditation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, where students spend half of the year studying.. Image © Flickr user cmichael67. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, where students spend half of the year studying.. Image © Flickr user cmichael67. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

After a several year battle, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has been approved to maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning. The school’s status had earlier been threatened due to new laws by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that require universities, colleges and other institutions to be financially and administratively independent from "larger institutions with multi-faceted missions."

With the decision, the school will be able to continue to offer its 3-year Master of Architecture program, as well as its additional education programs such as its 8-week-long non-degree Immersion Program.

Alumni Launch Petition to Save the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Accreditation

00:00 - 15 September, 2014
Alumni Launch Petition to Save the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Accreditation , The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl

A group of alumni from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture have launched a petition on change.org to incorporate the school “as an independent subsidiary as required by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to ensure this irreplaceable treasure is perpetuated.” The school is currently at risk of losing its accreditation due to a recently enacted HLC law that requires colleges and other institutions to be accredited separately from the organizations that sponsor them. The Frank Lloyd Wright School is currently funded as a part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which supports both of the school’s campuses, and preserves collections of Wright’s work.

Frank Lloyd Wright School Facing Loss of Accreditation

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright School Facing Loss of Accreditation, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's Main Campus at Taliesin West. Image © Flickr User: lumierefl

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is currently at risk of losing its accreditation. The school has been cited as no longer meeting requirements by the Higher Learning Commission, a non-profit group whose approval is a prerequisite for the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)’s accreditation process. Founded in 1932 by Frank Lloyd Wright himself and still operating out of his campuses at Taliesin West and Taliesin, the school must now decide how best to meet HLC requirements, or risk losing the ability to confer Masters of Architecture degrees on its students.

Read on after the break to find out why the school faces this risk, and their plans to combat it