Accreditation and Standards

Accreditation is a quality assurance process under which the services and operations of a health center are evaluated by an external body (The Joint Commission or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) to determine if applicable standards are met. This process is voluntary and provides the organization with the ability to measure and compare quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

This page is an index of ACHA and other resources on this topic. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more. Additional information may be available under “External Resources.”

ACHA Resources

Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education [pdf]
These ACHA Guidelines provide measurable guidelines for enhancing the quality of health promotion programs in colleges and universities.

Healthy Campus Coalition
Provides multidisciplinary, multiregional education, advocacy, and research on National Health Objectives.

List of accredited university and college health services
This list of institutions of higher education have received accreditation by either the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) or the Joint Commission for the ambulatory health care provided within their student health services.

Vision Into Action
This companion to the ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education, Third Edition includes tools, strategies, and action steps to assist health promotion professionals, supervisors, senior administrators, and others in translating the standards to practice.

ACHA Programs

ACHA's Healthy Campus 2020 provides a framework for improving the overall health status on campuses nationwide. Healthy Campus 2020 includes national health objectives for students and faculty/staff; promotes an action model using an ecological approach; and provides a toolkit for implementation based on the MAP-IT (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement and Track) framework. These tools and resources will help institutions of higher education determine which objectives are relevant, achievable, and a priority on your campus.

The ACHA-PSAS gauges patient satisfaction and provides insight into the quality and performance of a college or university health service. Accreditation processes typically entail some form of organizational self-assessment of quality of care or services. The ACHA-PSAS can provide this self-assessment.

ACHA’s College Health and Wellness Consulting (CHWC) for institutional health and wellness services utilizes a team of expert professionals to provide advice on funding models, staffing models, strategies to meet rising student demand for mental health services, and more.

ACHA Online Continuing Education Program

External Resources

ACHA thanks its committee, coalition, task force, and section volunteers for providing resources and links concerning this topic. ACHA does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or use of external websites.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
The AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision and documentation of high quality health services in ambulatory health care organizations. This is accomplished through the development of standards and through its survey and accreditation programs.

ACHA Liaison to the AAAHC
Joy Himmel, PsyD, RN, LPC 
Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
jyh1@psu.edu

International Association of Counseling Services
The International Association of Counseling Services accredits university and college counseling centers and public and private counseling agencies and advances the professional development of counseling services by establishing and encouraging high standards of professional performance and conduct.

The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

Primary ACHA Liaison to The Joint Commission
Carrie Hogan, MS, ANP-C
Siena College
chogan@siena.edu

Alternate ACHA Liaison to The Joint Commission
Vacant

Counsel for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
CAS has been the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs since its inception in 1979. The CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education is available at the CAS website.

Primary ACHA Liaison to CAS
Stacy Andes, MA, EdD
Villanova University
stacy.andes@villanova.edu

Alternate ACHA Liaison to CAS
Alicia K. Czachowski, MPH, CHES
Columbia University
akc2155@columbia.edu

CAS Standards: The Role of the CAS General Standards [members only]