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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.


On May 19, 2023, the BruinBuy Plus team held an outstanding virtual roadshow event! Access this great information to learn more about the new procure-to-pay system by reviewing the Ascend 2.0 BruinBuy Plus Roadshow video and FAQs.

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Ascend Workstreams

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The Finance and Technical Teams support the implementation of the new Bruin Finance system, powered by Oracle Financial Cloud, and will streamline financial management across the university. The Technical Team's work is centered around six work pillars: Integrations, Data Conversions, Reporting, Retrofit, Applications Development, and Security.

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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.