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The method of achieving desired learning outcomes via the use of structured learning objectives is taking a more prevalent role in the United States education system. As this trend approaches post-secondary education, it becomes necessary to develop a method for evaluating whether students obtain base proficiency in the various course learning objectives. In this study, researchers assessed proficiency in the learning objectives set forth in a Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources introductory course, ABM 100: Decision Making in the Agri-Food System. Data was analyzed from the spring 2016 final exam. The results of the final exam were evaluated to determine if students met or exceeded proficiency in the learning objectives set for the course. Results indicate that base proficiency was met for three out of the course’s five primary objectives. The objective in which students demonstrated the highest proficiency was that relating to defining and understanding the players and functions of the agri-food system. Students struggled the most with the learning objectives focused on basic economic principles.

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