Fernando Padró specializes in quality assurance, higher education systems, and faculty governance. His research interests include institutional quality assurance at universities, the role of accreditation, and organizational psychology of universities.

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Publications:
Test Anxiety and High Stakes Testing: Pervasive, Pernicious, Punitive and Policy-Driven

This paper looks at test anxiety through both the issue of high stakes testing and the academic position of U.S. education internationally in comparison to a high-performing nation.

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The Key Implication of the 2006 Spellings Commission Report: Higher Education is a “Knowledge Industry” rather than a Place of Learning?

Discussion of how the 2006 Spellings Commission Report has formally changed the institutional paradigm for colleges and universities in the USA. Higher education is part of a knowledge industry.

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Assessing Institutional Learner Outcomes

How external reviews generate a minimaxing regime prioritizing institutional viability over the interests of faculty and learners when it comes to assessment strategies at higher education institutions.

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Leaving Academia to Become Part of the Knowledge Industry: The Unintended Consequence of Diminishing Creativity

How universities needing to focus on national intellectual capital for economic success may be doing so at the expense of individual creativity, hence limiting what governments want to promote.

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Favoring Standards-Based over Self-Review External Review Processes in University Quality Assurance Schemes

A discussion of issues surrounding the call to impose standards-reviews as the principal form of quality assurance schemes in universities.

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