Showcasing Student Achievements!
Eastern Connecticut State University wants to make sure that students are recognized for their accomplishments on and off campus. The University uses a web-based platform (“MERIT”) to publicize your accomplishments — making the dean’s list, completing a study abroad program, conducting student research, playing on a successful athletic team, or winning a scholarship, for example. This platform allows us to send news items about your achievements to your hometown newspapers, and also publishes them at easternct.meritpages.com on a permanent “profile” that showcases your individual achievements. You can add additional content about your other activities on campus, as well as work experience, creating an online “resume” that you can share with potential employers, graduate schools and others.
How to manage your profile
Your online reputation is important — 75 percent of employers use Google to research applicants at some point in the hiring process. By using Merit, Eastern will help ensure that you have a positive online profile and that employers and graduate schools can easily discover your achievements. When Eastern issues news stories about your accomplishments, you’ll receive an email with a link to that story on your profile. You can connect to your profile using Facebook or Twitter, add your photo, and share your achievement with friends and family. You can then manage your profile by adding additional information about your club participation and other campus activities, as well as on- and off-campus work experiences. You can also utilize LinkedIn to post your achievements as well.
To find out more about how to manage your Merit profile, click here.
You always have the option to “opt-out” of publicity about your success by following the University’s opt-out process. You can ask that all information about you at Eastern be designated as confidential, including FERPA directory information, but simply contacting the Registrar’s Office.