Carlos Vargas

Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto 

Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto is currently the Acting President of Kutztown University.

Since 2006, he has served as KU’s chief academic officer, rising to the positions of provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. Prior to Kutztown, Dr. Vargas had a number of important academic and administrative roles at Central State University and Kent State University, both in Ohio. He began working as a Physics professor at Kent in 1985, where he also served as the director of the program on electron beam technology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1971, then Masters of Science degrees from the University of Michigan in physics (1975) and aerospace science (1974), and the Ph.D. in physics and aerospace science from the University of Michigan in 1978.


"Latino/as in College: Successes in Enrollment,

Challenges in Completions"


Latino students comprise 6% of the student body in Kutztown University, the third highest in the state university PASSHE system after East Stroudsburg, and Millersburg universities (WCU has 4.4 %, and ranks 5th). Latino enrollment increased at Kutztown University by 28% over a period of 5 years and in 2012 10% of entering freshmen were Latino. Dr. Vargas-Aburto will discuss how Kutztown University has been successful in increasing the enrollment and retention of Latinos students there, as well as the importance of these increases within the context of the growing Latino population in southeastern Pennsylvania. He will also mention the challenges that remain and proposed strategies to address them.