The gap. Not the retailer - the economic one. It's getting bigger and the 18 to 25 year-old set, in particular, seem stuck in its midst. These folks have to either know immediately that they want to be nurses (good economic choice, btw) or auto mechanics (ditto) OR they have to have the grades, focus and resources to go the Stanfords/Dartmouths/Yales of the world. There is a huge gap in the middle that is filled mainly with state schools, online universities with brands employers discount or community colleges. All the options are more and more expensive and often quite directionless.
Is the solution a return to apprenticeships? A gap year where students hone their interests to ensure a better path selection?
Or will the solution be left to philanthropy because the money is in private universities with foreign students that foot the bill?