Simon’s Rock uses Merit from Merit Pages, Inc. to celebrate and publicize your achievements inside and outside of the classroom. Merit is a network that students, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and other organizations use to collaboratively showcase and share student accomplishments.
Hundreds of colleges in the U.S. use Merit to promote their student’s success through personalized profile pages. During your time at Simon’s Rock, your accomplishments are highlighted on a verified online profile – a Merit page. By claiming your Merit page profile—which is available to all College students—you’ll receive recognition when you make the dean's list, study abroad, engage in volunteer activities, and much more. Announcements will be sent to your hometown newspaper for publication.
Best part? Your Merit page is created and updated automatically – you don’t have to maintain it; the College does it for you. Updates to Merit pages are shared with a network of stakeholders who are invested in your achievements and success: family and friends; employers; former teachers, coaches and schools; volunteer organizations and more. Your Merit page is also social, so sharing news with your inner circle on Facebook and Twitter is easy. In addition to keeping achievements and activities in one virtual place, Merit pages build your online profile to help you secure jobs, get internships, and collect references.
You can also update your Merit page with activities and work experience, and customize your profile by adding a photo, bio, and videos. Organizations in the Merit network, like national honor societies and service groups, can also add achievements to your profile page.
See Simon’s Rock Merit Page to find out what other Rockers are doing on campus and beyond.
How does it work?
Campus departments, clubs and organizations provide the Marketing and Communications Department with information about student achievements and recognition. Based upon that data, we’ll create a personalized press release that explains your achievement, and send it to your hometown papers (U.S. residents only). Also, an award badge will be added to your Merit profile page. A month into your first semester at Simon’s Rock, we’ll send out a short article through Merit announcing your enrollment here. In all probability, this will mark your first Merit page achievement.
What is a Merit badge?
A badge appears on your Merit page as recognition for your achievement, activity or event. For instance, if you make the dean’s list for four semesters, you’ll receive a badge on your page each time you receive the honor.
How does Merit enhance the Rocker experience?
Merit pages demonstrate how Simon’s Rock prepares you for a career, and details how you contribute to the community – making you more attractive to employers. Your profile translates what you do in the classroom, on campus, and beyond into career-building opportunities.
How do I disconnect or opt-out of Merit?
After you sign into Merit, you can manipulate your privacy settings under Privacy – which includes the option to delete your page. Socially, you can disconnect Merit from your Facebook and Twitter accounts by following instructions on the Merit Student Knowledge Base page.
To opt out of Merit, simply reply to the email you receive from Merit and ask to be removed. You will be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories. Opting out of Merit will delete your profile page, and you will no longer receive email notifications when your Merit Page is updated. You can opt back in to Merit at anytime. Contact us to opt back in to Merit.
What if I have a question or concern?
If you or your parents have any questions or concerns about Merit, you can find general information on Merit’s Help Page. You may also email Karen Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Monica Bossinger at email@example.com.