Belmont 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 can receive recognition when they are named to an academic honor society, study abroad, volunteer on a mission trip, perform in a major showcase or make the Dean’s List, for example. Merit, which is a free service to students, also automatically creates a personal, verified online profile for each student, which can be used for internship or employment referrals.
Merit allows us to organize major achievements online at Belmont.MeritPages.com where students can view and claim personalized stories, adding their own accomplishments to their page to in essence create an online resume. Students can even share these positive stories about their accomplishments with family and friends through social media networks.
Faculty and staff members notify the Office of Communications of exceptional student achievements and a list of those who have earned the accomplishment. We write a brief article and awardsa “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.
Contact Belmont’s Office of Communications at any time for assistance with Merit.