Social Media Tool Celebrates, Publicizes Student Success
Mary Baldwin uses Merit to celebrate student accomplishments and turn those achievements into a verified online profile – a Merit page – for every one of our students. These Merit pages are automatically updated by Mary Baldwin when students make the dean’s list, study abroad, earn academic awards, and more. Hundreds of colleges in the United States use Merit to recognize and promote success via personalized Merit pages for their students.
Updates to Merit pages are also shared with a network of stakeholders that care deeply about each student’s success: their high school, their hometown media outlets, their parents and friends via social networks. Updating these important audiences with personalized stories of student success helps Mary Baldwin demonstrate the plentiful opportunities available on campus.
What should students know?
Your Merit page is created and updated automatically – you don’t have to maintain it; the college does it for you! Other organizations in the Merit network, like national honor societies, greek organizations, and service groups can also add achievements to your Merit page.
You can, however, enhance and add to their pages if they desire. Merit allows students to customize their Merit page URL, add a profile photo, bio, and other activities and work experience. You can even include photos and videos to the activities you add to further demonstrate your involvement.
When you connect your Merit page to your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, you’ll ensure that your friends and family can also see and learn about the great opportunities you’re taking advantage of and being recognized for at Mary Baldwin. It’s an important way for you to be a part of our story and help us tell it.
Can students manage privacy settings?
If your directory information is unrestricted you can participate in Merit. To learn more about directory information, click here: marybaldwin.edu/catalog/uniform-student-grievance-policy/. You can also opt-out of Merit at any time, or customize your privacy settings.
What else can students do with Merit?
In addition to enhancing their Merit pages and connecting them to social networks, students can and should include their Merit page URL on their resumes and share it with potential employers or graduate admissions counselors. Merit is a verified showcase of your accomplishments and a powerful way to show employers the success, skills, and expertise you have gained at Mary Baldwin University.