Investigating the key factors for socially excluded groups in college
by Hongying Sun; Aishi Liang; Peiqin Zhang; Wei Zheng
International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability (IJHES), Vol. 1, No. 3, 2017

Abstract: This paper aims to identify the key factors that are essential to the behaviour and life of socially excluded groups in colleges. We first conduct a questionnaire filled by undergraduate students from different colleges in China. Then the data collected by the questionnaire was studied by descriptive analysis, chi-square test and correlation analysis on the relationships between the seven key factors and three aspects. For better understanding, the distribution of socially excluded groups, we propose a self-organising artificial neural network model to cluster and analyse the proportion of socially excluded group and non-socially excluded group based on the seven factors. We find that the rate of social exclusion in college is about 18%. This paper offers an analytical method to determine whether a student is socially excluded or not in college by measuring the key factors of the social exclusion of campus life.

Online publication date: Tue, 14-Nov-2017

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