They should be able to figure out that the correct result is the one with Siena in the URL (I assume this is the right site, second result), even if the first result is nonsense (I am thinking that Google includes it because there are external links to the site, even if it doesn’t contain the search term(s), but you’d think that Google would give pages that actually have the term(s) first).
What does a 302 redirect? The Siena blackboard site? Why would that matter as long as people are going to the landing page? Nearly all https sites do a redirect from the http–that doesn’t normally make the site invisible to Google.
No, but if anyone is linking using the non https address (and the first site I tried (etrade) does use a 301 to redirect to https) then any credit for that link will not count. When you are dealing with a page that basically has no content on it (and that which it does have is a copy of other sites) - every little bit helps.
I think I saw a 302 on the ie site as well, but I am doing this on my iPad, so it is a pain.
Anyway - cant say the 302s are causing the problem. But it recommended to use 301s for SEO purposes.
There is a 200 ok site on the root of that subdomain - which is what the non https should be redirecting to anyway. The fact that it only seems to show up for navigational queries (using the domain name) - means google basically isn’t listing the page for some reason. Even searching for “siena college blackboard login” brings up that ie site and this discussion before the site they seem to want listed.