Media tool publicizes student success
McKendree University uses a media tool called Merit to publicize undergraduate students’ achievements both in and out of the classroom, over social media, in hometown newspapers and online. Students receive recognition when they are named to an academic honor society or a leadership position, study abroad, volunteer on a mission trip, or make the President’s or Dean’s List, for example. Merit also automatically creates a personal online profile for each student, which can be used for internship or employment referrals.
Visit McKendree University’s Merit page
How does Merit work?
Faculty and staff members or organizations notify the Director of Media Relations of exceptional student achievement or news, and a list of those who have earned the accomplishment. The director then writes a brief article and awards a “badge,” which is published on the student’s Merit profile. In many cases, the information is also sent to the student’s hometown newspaper. Watch the video
Why is it important?
• Merit creates a positive, institution-verified online identity—a visual resume that showcases a student’s achievements from enrollment through graduation.
• One’s online reputation matters. Many companies now research applicants online. Merit gives McKendree students a professional looking web profile to which people who make decisions about internships, graduate school and jobs may refer.
• Merit makes it easy to share good news with family and friends over email or social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn.
How to claim your Merit profile
1. Go to http://mckendree.meritpages.com and type your name in the search bar.
2. Next to your name, click on “Is this you?”
3. Enter your McKendree email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email.
4. “Claim” your Merit page by signing into e-mail, Facebook or Twitter and following the prompts. You can view and claim your profile and share your achievements without using email, Facebook or Twitter; however, you won’t be able to customize it with a photo, additional activities or work experience. When you claim your profile, you have several opportunities to select your own privacy settings and permissions. You may also opt out at any time.
5. After you claim your page, you can add a photo and list other activities and work experience to your profile.