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Areas of Focus

The Ascend 2.0 Program is focused in the functional areas as displayed below.

  • Internal Billing
  • Planning & Budgeting
  • Procure to Pay
  • General Ledger​
  • Communications
  • Research - Grants & Billing
  • Capital Projects
  • Cash Management
  • Fixed Assets
  • Training
  • Operational Reporting
  • Managerial Reporting
  • Security and Identity 
  • Access Management 
  • Stakeholder Change Management 


The Ascend 2.0 Program will produce the following benefits in the future state of financial operations at UCLA:

  • Support strategic decision-making to ensure quality and aggregation of data 
  • User-friendly interface and transparency in processes for the procure-to-pay process
  • Improve productivity (value-add, low risk, ease, etc.) through streamlined business processes to spend less time on non-mission critical tasks
  • Enable appropriate use of University resources 
  • Provide mobility and self-service capabilities including ease of access to data
  • Deliver a scalable system environment that will grow with the university
  • Ensure quality of data to guide current and future endeavors 
  • Administer post-award functions of UCLA’s $1B annual research enterprise
  • Streamlined process to make payments to vendors 
  • Manage department/unit budgets and finances and prepare the institution’s financial statement