There are a few ways that RaiseMe ensures Portfolio data is accurate, one of which is for students to have their Portfolio Endorsed by a counselor, teacher, or mentor.
Very few colleges require Endorsements, and if they do, it'll be indicated on their college page.
Educators cannot proactively offer Endorsements to students - they have to be requested using the following steps:
Students: Requesting an Endorsement
- In your profile, click the gear icon in the top right corner and select "Manage Endorsements."
- Click "Request New Endorsement," and type in the name, email, and relationship that this person has to you. You can also customize the message, which is especially useful if the person doesn't know you are requesting the Endorsement.
- You can use the Manage Endorsements page to see pending requests, re-send those emails/cancel the request, and see the results of previous Endorsements.
- If someone wrote you a recommendation, it will appear on that page. If they did not Endorse you, check your email for information on what you need to adjust.
How to Endorse a Student
- The email will arrive with a message from the student, and a link to get started. The email will appear to come from the student (their name will be the sender) but replying to this email will not send to them.
- Clicking the link will bring you to a new page where you can see a static version of all the achievements and grades entered into that student's Portfolio.
- If things look good, click "Continue." On the next page, you can even write a recommendation for this student, which will be included in their submissions to colleges via RaiseMe.
- If things do not look good, click "I cannot vouch for this student." On the next page, you'll have options as to why you can't: that you don't know the student well enough, that the Portfolio contains incorrect information, or that you don't have enough context to determine if their Portfolio is correct. Please also include notes for the student so they know why you couldn't Endorse them, and can make the necessary adjustments.