Bruin Day

Ascend 2.0, Modernizing UCLA's Financial Systems


The Ascend 2.0 Program, previously known as Ascend, is an ambitious, multi-year initiative to re-imagine the landscape of UCLA’s financial systems. The new name was chosen to reflect the broad reach of this program, encompassing multiple technology solutions to meet the complex needs of the University in support of the mission.

Financial Systems Transformation

UCLA has experienced remarkable growth since the development of the current financial systems four decades ago. Adopting modern, scalable, cloud-based systems will empower UCLA’s continued growth and the financial operations needed to support it. This initiative will allow staff to focus on the core mission, empowered by up-to-the-minute data and robust reporting capabilities.

 Upcoming Events 

Join us for our first Ascend 2.0 Town Hall on February 15th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. PST. This is a great opportunity for stakeholders across the UCLA community to learn about the Ascend 2.0 program, its mission, guiding principles, benefits, program leadership and much more!


Townhall Flyer - Join the Ascend 2.0 team for the program’s kickoff Town Hall! Tune in to hear from leadership about the program’s mission, progress, next steps, and opportunities to get involved. The event will include a live Q&A session, so bring your questions!

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Ascend Workstreams

Students Studying


The Finance Team supports the implementation of the new Bruin Finance system, powered by Oracle Financial Cloud, that will streamline financial management across the university.

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The Technical Team supports the implementation of the new financial systems through advancing activities around six work pillars: Integrations, Data Conversions, Reporting, Retrofit, Applications Development, and Security.

Atkinson - Royce Shapiro


The Procurement Team supports the implementation of the new BruinBuy Plus system, powered by JAGGAER, that will ensure efficient processing, automated workflow approvals, and full transparency of each procurement from beginning to end. 

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The Chart of Accounts Team supports the creation of the structure that will be used to categorize financial transactions across all financial systems.