At the college level considerable emphasis has been placed on professional preparation. The Feynman lectures, the Berkeley and MIT courses all have this orientation. Nevertheless, serious attempts are being made to provide nonscientists with a modern, meaningful introduction to physical science by such projects as Physical Science for Nonscience Students and Science Courses for Baccalaureate Education. Not everyone is happy with the changes in physics education, but there is little disagreement that coordination and assistance of the sort the Commission on College Physics can offer is very valuable.
Statistics show that enrollments of physics majors, measured as fractions of registered students, are dropping. Some compensation is available in declining dropout rates. But many causes of the dropouts remain, and teachers suggest several remedies to cure them.