One component to assure UHS accurately measures patient safety and quality care is external agency accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary process through which an organization is able to measure the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized standards. Accreditation is a rigorous process which starts with self-assessment followed by thorough review by an on-site evaluation by surveyors with experience in the college health setting. UHS has been continually accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 1983. UHS completed its most recent survey in summer of 2015 and was awarded a full three-year term of accreditation, the highest level offered.