Online leadership program earns international award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Tidal Leadership certificate program has won the 2016 Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. Criteria include access, learning, effectiveness, cost effectiveness and student and faculty satisfaction.

Registration for 2017 courses is open. Classes start for graduate students on Jan. 9 and for working professionals and women on Feb. 6. Visit to register or call 509-335-0049.

The consortium is the leading global professional organization dedicated to providing access to high quality e-education and incorporating online learning in mainstream education. The award will be presented at the annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, in Orlando, Fla.

Tidal Leadership is offered online through the WSU Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) and WSU Global Campus. The certificate program supports participants around the country and world who are seeking transformational leadership skills for personal and professional growth.

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David Cillay, vice president of WSU Global Campus, serves on the OLC board. His team of Global Campus instructional designers and media developers worked with Tidal Leadership subject matter experts to identify goals for the course and then translated these expected outcomes online in an asynchronous environment. Media developers also created and produced videos and interactive activities featured within the course space.

Kim Kidwell, former executive associate dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and founding director of the CTLL, said Tidal Leadership aims to help participants manifest their leadership potential regardless of their title, duties or position through customized coursework focused on their personal leadership challenges and goals.

“A person’s job title, such as executive director, signifies that the person is in a leadership role but a title does not always accurately reflect a person’s effectiveness as a leader,” said Kidwell. “Tidal leadership focuses on consciously creating a value-based leadership platform that is applicable regardless of one’s job title.”

Cillay said the convenient online format is ideal for working professionals regardless of work schedule or location.

“The online, asynchronous course allows working professionals to engage during the time they have available, from wherever they are,” he said. “The learning doesn’t have to stop because someone is travelling for work or because their shift changes from a day shift to a night shift.”


News media contacts:
Denise Yost, director, WSU Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, 509-335-8403,
Megan Guido, marketing, WSU Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, 509-432-6692,