An Artisan Education

An Artisan Education I’ve been practically bouncing in my seat the past few days while preparing this next interview in our series of interviews with college admissions officers. This one is with Micah Canal, Dean of Admissions at Antioch College — if you have a “quirky and capable” home schooled student who is thinking about going to college, you’ll definitely want to listen in on this conversation.

“Antioch students graduate with the ability to apply what they’ve been learning in the classroom to the real world of work.”

In case you’re not familiar with Antioch College, it’s a small, academically rigorous liberal arts school in Ohio. They have a faculty to student ratio of 1:7, and incorporate four quarters of work experience into their undergraduate program.  As you’ll hear in the interview, Antioch is a small school with big ideas, where students are encouraged to be both “thinkers” and “doers” — a great fit for many home schoolers!  In this interview we discuss:

  • The application process at Antioch, and how it’s designed to empower students and families,
  • Why “grit” is an important consideration in their admissions process,
  • How Antioch supports its students in becoming stronger “thinkers” and “doers”, and
  • What goes into creating an “artisan education” (exactly what many home schoolers are seeking!)

If you checked out the first interview with Mark Corkery of College Advance, you’ll hear some similar themes in this interview, including:

  • The need for clean, concise documentation of our students’ high school learning and activities, and
  • The importance of outside evaluations of our students’ abilities.

Enjoy the interview!

An Artisan Education, with Micah Canal



About Lori Dunlap

Lori Dunlap worked for almost twenty years in the corporate world, first as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and then at a large research university as a program director and adjunct faculty member. In addition to homeschooling her two sons, she writes regularly about education and parenting issues. You can read her blog at, or connect with her on Facebook:

Posted on May 13, 2015, in College Admissions Research, Education, Higher Education, Homeschooling. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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