The following classifications are eligible for a Bravo Award: tenured/tenure-track faculty, clinical/professional faculty, research faculty, continuing lecturers, operations/technical staff, administrative/professional staff, professional/management staff and clerical/service staff. To be eligible, you must have completed one year of service at Purdue and have a minimum performance rating of meets expectations. Individual faculty and staff members are limited to two Bravo awards per fiscal year.
The following employee groups are ineligible for a Bravo Award: Executive Officers; Upper-level Management Positions (i.e., Department Heads, Associate/Assistant Vice Presidents, Associate/Assistant Provosts and Directors who report to a Vice President); Student employees; Graduate staff; Temporary staff; Visiting faculty; Limited term lecturers; Postdoctoral, Resident, or Intern appointments; and employees who have a specific employment contract with the University that links additional compensation to their performance.
Award criteria has been separated into four categories:
Moving the University Forward: Accomplishments or contributions that transform or advance University objectives (i.e., initiatives that improve graduation rates, development of programs to measure student academic knowledge, enhancing the academic excellence of the University, improving student affordability, etc.).
Operational Excellence: Extraordinary effort during times of critical department need (e.g., contribution that clearly and significantly exceeds standard job requirements and impacts the accomplishments of important and critical business operational goals and deliverables).
Innovation/Creativity: Innovative work or suggestions, well beyond standard job requirements, that significantly improve operational efficiencies, introduce a new or modified business practice or improve work process, workflow or customer service.
Fiscal Stewardship: Significant cost saving or cost avoidance realized beyond normally expected or established standards.
The Bravo Award Program serves to highlight the excellence that exists in all areas and job functions across the University. Bravo was designed to provide recognition and rewards for substantial accomplishments achieved by Purdue employees that extend well beyond regular work responsibilities.
The Bravo Award is supported by college/unit operating funds. To ensure all eligible faculty and staff have an opportunity to be rewarded for exceptional performance, all units are encouraged to participate in this award program. To ensure the sustainability of a unit’s ability to provide awards on an ongoing basis, award frequency and amounts must be determined thoughtfully.
Each unit can provide Bravo Awards up to a maximum of 10 percent of the faculty and staff in each employee category. For purposes of this definition, the following three employee categories will be used.
Tenured/tenure-track faculty, clinical/professional faculty, research faculty, and continuing lecturers
Operations/Technical, Administrative/Professional and Professional/Management staff
Clerical and Service Staff
The maximum dollar amount that can be awarded by a unit over the fiscal year will be based upon the number of full-time equivalent employees. The funding limit calculation is total CUL times 7.5% multiplied by the maximum award amount ($1,000). The source of headcount data will be active CUL effective as of July 1, 2013.
Bravo Awards are discretionary cash awards that are intended to recognize and reward excellence in University service, significant achievements and contributions and outstanding individual and team performance. Each unit will have the flexibility to allow for recognition in ways that are meaningful, fair, and clearly distinguish levels of performance within the specific work unit.
Each executive will have the flexibility to define their specific nomination and award process. Award eligibility should promote performance that helps the unit meet strategic goals, business needs or both. As a general guideline, Bravo Awards will be awarded for extraordinary performance which produces a measurable outcome. The process used by each unit should ensure consistency in the selection process and in the application of the selection criteria within the unit.
Colleges/units that elect to participate in Bravo will need to complete a short program summary document prior to implementing Bravo. The Manager Tools section of this website provides a description of the process steps. Award payments will be able to be processed effective October 1st.
Five hundred dollars will be added to your regular compensation amount on your pay stub. Bravo Awards are subject to applicable tax withholdings and W-2 reporting. Your net pay will reflect your regular compensation plus the additional Bravo compensation less applicable taxes.