well, i guess you are getting one side of the story. wscn is difficult and they have their problems (i heard that uic is losing their whole nursing leadership team-what is going on there). there are a few faculty that i don't like either (lisa phd), but there are more than two good faculty. if you talk around, the big mass exodus from the school was about eight years ago. since i've been there, they have only lost three that i know of (two they could afford to lose) but have hired six or seven. i like the ones i've met. if you knew the old dean, and have spent any time with the new dean and her assistant dean, they are way better than the last dean. though your friend may not have got what she asked for, it seems that everybody is being treated more equally across the board.
i'm glad your wife is getting straight "a"s. i'm not. but wscn has done a lot in the last two years that has helped me. they started a tutoring service which has helped me a lot (though i don't see many of my classmates taking advantage of it). there was a big cheating ring going on in my class last year. when the administration found out, they made our whole class retake one exam. i still passed. they also added examguard to the computers which kept a lot of students from e-mailing the exams to their classmates (it still isn't working well). and i don't like the ati either, but it has made me study harder and i get better grades. not all faculty use it the same way, but i attended the review session by the company rep (the only senior student in the session that i could see) to learn how to better use the review module and practice exams. it helped. i too would recommend study groups, attend review sessions, and review the ati.
how could any student come to wscn (or any other nursing school) and not expect to study hard. most of the nursing schools around the area required a 3.0 gpa to get in. wscn required only a 2.75. when i was applying, uci, lewis, rush, niu all had at least 200 students on a wait list. it seems that some students should feel lucky to get into wscn and would have a hard time making it up to the level of what is expected. the college must be doing some things right if they went from 60% pass rate to an 80"something"% pass rate since i've been there. think about it and then go study some more - we have projects due in a week!