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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories.
Getting Started with Social Media
Social Media Policy
Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Web Content Coordinator &
Social Media Manager
Carolyn Farr Shanesy
Director of University Communications
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?