Since the 1970s Illinois' post-secondary institutions teaching agriculture have tried to put their transferable courses on a comparable or "articulated" basis. By 1995, 33 colleges and universities offered as many as eight articulated first and second year agriculture courses in the state including Introduction to Agricultural Economics (Intro). The question of whether students who have taken a transferable Introduction course at a community college are as well prepared for higher level courses as those who take the required class after they arrive at the four-year institution is tested in this paper. By comparing final grades of transfer and native students in six subsequent higher-level courses we can get some idea of the level of preparation these transfer students have. Only one class showed a clear advantage to native students. We find that in general there is no significant difference in performance between the two groups. Only those students who have had no introductory class tend to perform measurably more poorly in the Agribusiness Economics program at Southern lllinois University Carbondale.
articulated courses, introductory agricultural economics, Illinois