Michael Torrens is director of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation (AAA) at Utah State University, a premier student-centered, land-grant and space-grant university. He leads institutional research, assessment, and accreditation efforts. The AAA office is a resource for data-driven decisions, serving USU’s students, faculty, staff, administration, and the wider community. Previously, Torrens served as director of applied research and innovation at the Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C., where he managed the Local Capital Market Investment Fund and led asset-building research, program development and policy work for six years. Prior to his work in Washington, he served as executive director of New Jersey Community Capital. His international work encompasses Zimbabwe, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University.