Pima Community College’s accreditation sanction has been lifted, ending a four-year process for the college to show its governance and management have improved.

The Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation agency for post-secondary institutions, notified the college Thursday morning that it was lifting the sanction of notice after determining at a Feb. 23 meeting that it is no longer at risk for not meeting accreditation criteria.

The HLC said it was changing the college's status from "accredited — on notice" to "accredited."

“This is wonderful news for current and prospective students,” said Chancellor Lee Lambert, in a news release.

PCC has been under sanction since 2013 because it did not meet or barely met quality standards for management and governance as an educational institution.

Late last year, Lambert was hopeful that sanction would be lifted then, but the college was notified in December that it would remain "on notice" by the HLC because of ongoing concerns with how it assesses quality of student learning.

PCC said it is now preparing for a comprehensive evaluation in the 2018-2019 school year that is part of the college's 10-year accreditation process with the HLC.