About William Bryant, PhD

I’ve been a writer, editor, and educator for over three decades. I’ve worked extensively with student writing, gaining a deep understanding of the “college-ready writing gap” and its causes. Before launching BetterRhetor, I spent ten years in test development at ACT Inc., lastly as Director of Writing Assessments. While at ACT Inc., I oversaw the redesign and development of the current ACT Writing Test. My PhD in American Studies (University of Iowa, 2006) 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. Along with my wife, Becky, I co-founded our educational publishing & services company, BetterRhetor, in 2015 as a vehicle for addressing the “persistent problems” in education I feel most passionate about. If you’re an educator or parent deeply invested in education and where it’s headed in the U.S.—let’s connect, via any of the links below. You may also enjoy my American Educator blog, where I frequently take a look at education, equity, democracy and how they work together.

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

For myself, my wife, and our company…it’s college readiness

Far too many students leave high school either thinking that college isn’t for them or else unprepared for college-level academics once they get there.

It’s a persistent problem that has serious consequences for students and families, and for society as a whole.

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

BetterRhetor’s mission is to help ALL students who want a college education achieve their goal, no matter their income or background.

For more about BetterRhetor, and the short- and long-term problems in education we feel most passionate about tackling, please visit here.

 

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