The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has reached a $2 million fundraising goal that will keep it from shutting down.
The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced Tuesday that the school’s doors would remain open, The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1IqGKoW).
The institution’s future has been up in the air after it lost accreditation status last year. The Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, which accredits universities and colleges, decided it would no longer recognize schools that are part of larger institutions with missions beyond education.
Because the foundation also oversees historical-building preservation and the Wright archives in New York, the academic program must be incorporated as a financially independent subsidiary. The $2 million will help make that happen.
The foundation and architecture school is now working on a “change of control” application to the Higher Learning Commission, including legal and incorporation documents. The commission is expected to review the application in June. If approved, the school can file documents with both federal and state agencies. The process is expected to be completed by 2017. […]