Athletic teams from Philadelphia's six major colleges fared well Tuesday in the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rates report.

The APR measures classroom performance with a points system based on scholarship athletes' eligibility and retention during a four-year period.

Teams that fall below the cutoff of 925 points are subject to penalties that include scholarship reductions. Tuesday's data include players on teams from 2006-07 through 2009-10.

Among Philadelphia's six Division I men's basketball programs, Penn had the highest APR at 985.

The Quakers were followed by Drexel (977), Villanova (974), La Salle (970), Temple (954), and St. Joseph's (949).

With a 995 score, Penn also had the highest average among the area's Division I football teams.

Penn State's football team had an APR of 972. Villanova came in at 970, while Temple scored a 937, the team's best total in the seven years of the APR.

In 2006, the Owls lost nine football scholarships because they fell below the APR's cutoff score. Two years later, the Owls lost four scholarships.

In baseball, Penn recorded a 992 score, followed by Villanova (981), St. Joe's (989), Temple (978), and La Salle (968).

The NCAA's average overall score of 970 was up three points from the previous year. Baseball's APR was up five points, to 959, since last season. Football was at 946, up two points, and men's basketball was at 945, up five points.

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