Officials disagree about Wright school's future

PHOENIX - The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's quest for a way to keep its accreditation status has school board members at odds with the foundation operating it.

The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced last week it would not independently incorporate the school as a way to stay accredited.

The Higher Learning Commission changed its by-laws in 2012 to prohibit accreditation for schools that are operating divisions of a larger organization.

The school's governing board says the program may have to shut down when its accreditation expires in 2017 if a solution can't be found.

Foundation President Sean Malone says he disagrees with the board and that the school is optimistic about partnering with another accredited university.

The school needs an accreditation to offer a Master of Architecture degree.

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