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Merit Pages

Roger Williams University Students Have Merit

Roger Williams University uses a network called Merit Pages 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 when the University’s Public Affairs team elects to publicize student accomplishments – Dean’s List announcements, for example.

Updates to Merit pages are also shared with a network of stakeholders that care deeply about each student’s success: their high school, hometown media outlets, government officials, parents and friends via social networks.

For more detail, please visit RWU’s Merit page or watch this introductory video, which explains the Merit system in 47 seconds:

What is Merit? from Merit, Inc. on Vimeo.

Or read through these FAQs:

How does it work?

When the Public Affairs team is alerted to student achievements from across campus, the staff can elect to use the Merit network to publicize. Public Affairs writes a brief article about the achievement and matches that copy with a list of students who earned the accomplishment. They story, along with a badge to match the particular achievement, will population each student’s individual Merit page.

Stories also will be sent to each student's hometown newspaper for publication. And students who are featured are notified of the announcement through their RWU email address and encouraged to share their accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

What is a badge?

A badge appears on the student’s page for their recognition. For instance, a student who is named to the Dean’s List in four semesters will receive a badge on their page each time they receive the honor.

Why is Merit important for students?

Merit helps people who make decisions about internships, graduate schools and jobs find the good stuff about students. The site showcases student accomplishments with official college badges that show that they’re authentic. A student’s Merit page is a way to shine online.

How does Merit enhance the RWU experience?

Merit pages show how Roger Williams University prepares students for life after graduation. The profiles connect what students do in the classroom to the exceptional opportunities students gain while on campus that prepare them for meaningful careers and fulfilling lives.

How is Merit connected to the Co-Curricular Transcript program?

Public Affairs creates Merit achievements for all Dean’s List appointments, all Graduation announcements and select other student accomplishments, particularly when they apply to large groups of students. It does not publicize every individual achievement through Merit.

However, by claiming his or her own page, any student can add personal achievements and build out a more complete profile.  Students have the ability to personalize their Merit page, add a profile photo, on campus activities and work experience.

A co-curricular transcript is a student-initiated, comprehensive record of participation and achievements outside of the classroom. Its role is similar to your Merit page in that it can help you distinguish yourself in a variety of settings from job and internship interviews, scholarship and graduate school applications. However, the co-curricular transcript includes a verification process in which entries are authorized by a faculty or staff member. Merit page entries that are student-generated do not include verification by the University. And while the two tools can complement each other, they are unconnected. Students need to use their Org Sync account to access the request for your co-curricular transcript. All printed co-curricular transcripts will be available in the Student Programs and Leadership office. Questions about Org Sync can be sent to Student Programs and Leadership Office at (401)254-3088 or by emailing studentprograms@rwu.edu.

Does Public Affairs create Merit achievements for every student accomplishment?

Public Affairs creates Merit achievements for all Dean’s List appointments, all Graduation announcements and select other student accomplishments, particularly when they apply to large groups of students. It does not publicize every individual achievement through Merit.

However, by claiming his or her own page, any student can add personal achievements and build out a more complete profile.  Students have the ability to personalize their Merit page, add a profile photo, on campus activities and work experience.

How do you claim your page?

  1. Go to http://rwu.meritpages.com/ and search for your name.
     
  2. Next to your name, find the option to claim your profile.
     
  3. Enter your RWU 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.

How do I disconnect from Merit?

You can disconnect Merit from your Facebook, Twitter and social media networks by following instructions on the Merit Student Knowledge Base page.

How can I 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 Edward Fitzpatrick at efitzpatrick@rwu.edu. You will be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories.

Who can I contact for more information?

RWU’s Merit Pages are managed by the Public Affairs team in the University’s Division of Marketing and Communications. Students with questions about their Merit Pages should contact Edward Fitzpatrick at (401) 254-3198 or by email at efitzpatrick@rwu.edu.