I'm a graduate of UM's School of Nursing. Our program was built around a tough, well-rounded curriculum that prepared us to be great clinicians, critical thinkers and nurse theorists. Like any good baccalaureate program we weren't just being prepared to pass a standardized test - we were being prepared to be great nurses. Most people I know who studied, myself included, passed our boards easily on the first try. Students who don't pass the NCLEX most likely didn't study hard enough.
On the issue of cheating, it's a sad reality that there will always be a small minority of students who are dishonest. I would venture to guess that every academic program, in every discipline, in every university has or has had a cheating problem. Students can easily IM answers to eachother, download papers, and post exam answers online. At UM, at least they have taken drastic steps to stop cheating like implementing electronic surveillance in each classroom and instituting a zero-tolerance policy (which means if you cheat - you fail). I doubt other local schools have done the same thing.
I think the probationary status of UM's accreditation has been overblown. This is still one of the best and most highly regarded nursing programs
in the region. Students who went there and worked hard know it to be true.