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SPIN-UP: Make Your Undergraduate Program Thrive
The influential Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP) report describes how you can increase recruitment and retention in your program, from a study of some of the nation's most successful physics departments.
Key SPIN-UP Recommendations
With threats to low-enrollment physics programs across the country, boosting the number of majors and teachers you educate may be critical to your program’s survival. The time to be proactive is now.
Strategies for Making Your Case
The Economics of Education: Closing Undergraduate Physics Programs -- APS News Back Page article, December 2011
Is your department under threat? Email APS for Support.
Universities and programs around the United States are using marketing principles to recruit physics majors.
University of Texas
The University of Texas Physics Department has developed an innovative campaign to recruit more undergraduates to their program, with the slogan: "Is the 'why' keeping you up at night? Us too." Check it out!
UT Physics Recruiting Campaign
APS News Article: Enlarging Physics Programs at Colleges and Universities
University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina developed a campaign focused on physics career possibilities, with the slogan "Do Physics. Be Anything."
When undergraduates better understand the diversity of careers open to physicists they are far more likely to continue their physics education.
APS Physics Career Advice for Undergraduate Students
ComPADRE Physics Career Resource
APS Physics InSight slide shows inform and excite students about careers and opportunities in physics. The slide shows are easy to download and install on PC and Mac based viewing systems.
InSight: Slide Shows
APS and AAPT have launched an initiative to double the number of undergraduates receiving physics bachelor's degrees at US universities.
APS/AAPT Doubling Initiative
APS Board Calls for Doubling the Number of Physics Bachelors (APS News, August/September 2007)