I’ve often heard it said (and read it written, and witnessed first-hand) that students from elite graduate programs have an advantage on the job market. All else being equal (and maybe even in some cases when much isn’t), search committees prefer elite pedigree. Fair or not, reasonable or not, take it for what it is.
I’ve also heard it said (and read it written) that in order to make up for their disadvantage, students from non-elite programs basically need to publish, and indeed publish in very good journals. Fair or not, reasonable or not, take it for what it is.
Now I have a question. If things are indeed that way, then shouldn’t non-elite programs be (re-)structured to promote such publication by their students, to overcome the inherent disadvantage? And what sorts of restructuring might be appropriate?