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Merit Pages

Social media tool celebrates, publicizes student achievement

The University of South Carolina Upstate will begin using Merit pages from readMedia to publicize student achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. Students will receive recognition when they are named to an academic or leadership position, join a team, volunteer in the community, study abroad, make the dean's or president's lists, earn a scholarship, and much, much more. Students will receive credit for their achievements and activities, while also creating an online profile - a Merit page - that they can use for jobs, internships, and references after graduation. And because good news is meant to be shared, students can share items with their friends and family through Facebook and Twitter.

See USC Upstate's Merit page and read what others are doing on the campus.

How does it work?

Campus departments, clubs and organizations provide University Communications with a brief article about the achievement, event or recognition, along with the name and/or a spreadsheet of students who earned the accomplishment.  University Communications will create a personalized story about these students and their accomplishments and award a badge, which will then publish on the student's profile on Merit. Stories will then be sent to each student's hometown newspaper for publication.

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What is a badge?

A badge is a piece of "flair" that will appear on the student's page for their recognition. For instance, a student who is named to the dean's list for four semesters will receive a badge on their page each time they receive the honor.
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How is Merit important for students?

  • Merit helps people who make decisions about internships, grad school and jobs, find the "good stuff" about students. The site student accomplishments with official college "badges" that show that they're authentic.
  •  A Merit page creates a positive online identity for post-graduation success. Many companies now research applicants online, and some have rejected applicants based on what they found there. A student's Merit page is a way for them to shine online.
  • Students who are featured are notified of the announcement through their USC Upstate e-mail address and encouraged to share their accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

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How does Merit enhance the USC Upstate experience?

Merit pages show how USC Upstate prepares students for a career, and makes them valuable members of society and more attractive to employers. The profiles connect what students do in the classroom to the exceptional career-building opportunities students gain while on campus.

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How do you claim your page?

  1. Go to http://uscupstate.meritpages.com and search for your name.
  2. Next to your name, find the option to claim your profile.
  3. Enter your USC Upstate email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email.
  4. Claim your Merit page by clicking on the "connect with Facebook" button in the email you receive.
  5. Follow the Facebook prompts for logging in and connecting to your Facebook account. By doing this, you've claimed your Merit page.

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How do students opt out?

To opt out of the program, simply reply to the email you receive from Merit and ask to be removed. Or, email your request to merit@uscupstate.edu. You will be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories. 
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Tammy Whaley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Communications

Katie Freseman
Web Content Coordinator &
Social Media Manager

Carolyn Farr Shanesy
Public Information Specialist