About Dr. Bryant

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If you could tackle one problem in education, what would it be?

For me, it's college readiness. Far too many students leave high school either thinking that college isn't for them, or unprepared for college-level academics once they get there.

It's a persistent problem that has serious consequences both for individual students and for society as a whole.

My wife, Becky, and I are dedicated to putting a college degree within reach of more students. To that end, we founded BetterRhetor and developed College-Ready Writing Essentials, an online instructional resource aimed at building a bridge between high school and college writing. (See the White Paper below.)

Research shows that competent writing is the single most important academic skill for students entering college, across majors.

College-Ready Writing Essentials is built on college-readiness research that identifies the writing competencies students need most. Our mission is to help all students who want a college education achieve their goal, no matter their income or background.

Experience, Expertise, Passion

Before launching BetterRhetor, I spent ten years in test development at ACT Inc., lastly as Director of Writing Assessments. Over the course of my career as a writer, editor, and educator, I've worked extensively with student writing and have gained a deep understanding of the college-ready writing gap and its causes.

My PhD in American Studies gives me an interdisciplinary orientation; I believe that foundational knowledge, critical thinking, and strong communication skills are the keys to student success, regardless of major or career choice.

We worked hard to build those keys into College-Ready Writing Essentials, so that students—as well as their teachers and parents—might have full confidence that they're prepared for college-level academic work and ready to succeed.

I am also a contributing columnist for GettingSmart. My LinkedIn profile can be viewed below. My thesis and other published academic pieces are available on ResearchGate

BetterRhetor

BetterRhetor Resources LLC is an educational services/publishing company dedicated to helping more students succeed in college.

BetterRhetor was founded in 2015 by Becky & Bill Bryant and is headquartered in Prescott, Arizona.

We provide deeply-researched, online instruction to help teachers, parents, and students best prepare for college-level academic work. We place special emphasis on college-ready writing since writing is a foundational skill essential for success no matter your major.

Our Backstory

We used to be part of the standardized testing problem. For nearly ten years, Bill worked at ACT Inc.—one of the two major college entrance exam companies. Back then, as Director of Writing Assessments, he helped develop the tests.

In 2014, ACT began conducting field studies for its upcoming, revamped Writing Exam. They piloted the new test at a number of high schools around the country, including Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona. Interviewing the bright young students there—eager to get to college, many from low-income households, mostly Latina/o and Native American—Bill came face-to-face with the reality that the kinds of tests ACT and SAT have been pushing for nearly 60 years are NEVER going to help the kids who need help most.

In fact, he found a kind of anti-education at work—standardized testing itself was teaching these students to hate writing and to do it poorly, if they had to do it at all. Flash forward to today. Bit by bit, Becky & Bill (and with our son, Walker, now too) have been building a company, BetterRhetor, dedicated to giving kids like those at Sunnyside—and all over the country—a better chance at college entrance and college success.

The place we call home now is no longer Iowa City, Iowa, but Prescott, Arizona. That visit to Sunnyside High School changed our lives in so many positive ways. We’re determined to return the favor.

You can read more about Bill’s journey from Sunnyside to now in his American Educator blog post, “Welcome to the Sausage Factory.“

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