Some of the faculty in my department would prefer that we don’t award a PhD to any candidate who hasn’t published at least three good papers. I’m curious if this is common and if people generally have strong feelings either way about this kind of requirement? Some web searching turned up not much information: UConn requires 3 papers, Cornell does not have a requirement, and finally Phil Guo reports that Stanford CS has an informal ~3 paper requirement. It’s pretty easy to put forth both pros and cons for this kind of requirement. I’ll omit my own views on this and maybe write about them later on.
Also see: Discussion at Hacker News.